Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (January 2023 – Weeks: 01 and 02)

This series of blog posts includes the most important announcements and major updates regarding Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Azure Stack, officialized by Microsoft in the last two weeks.



Azure Ultra Disk Storage in Switzerland North and Korea South

Azure Ultra Disk Storage is now available in one zone in Switzerland North and with Regional VMs in Korea South. Azure Ultra Disk Storage offers high throughput, high IOPS, and consistent low latency disk storage for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). Ultra Disk Storage is well-suited for data-intensive workloads such as SAP HANA, top-tier databases, and transaction-heavy workloads.

Azure Active Directory authentication for exporting and importing Managed Disks

Azure already supports disk import and export locking only from a trusted Azure Virtual Network (VNET) using Azure Private Link. For greater security, the integration with Azure Active Directory (AD) to export and import data to Azure Managed Disks is available. This feature enables the system to validate the identity of the requesting user in Azure AD and verify that the user has the required permissions to export and import that disk.

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