Azure World Newsletter – Issue 3.20

November 2, 2022

Welcome to the twentieth edition of the Azure World Newsletter in 2022.

This is traditionally the time of year when I go through my courses and make updates. In some cases, Microsoft has subtly changed the exam requirements in a couple of places and the updates are small. And in other cases, I just decide to re-record an entire section or more because the underlying technology has changed so much since the time the course was originally recorded.

So if you’re a student in one of my courses such as AZ-900, AZ-104, DP-900, or SC-900, then you should see some updated videos in those courses in the past couple of weeks. And I’ll keep going with these updates in other courses for the next month or so.

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ONE.

As you may know, Azure has a “Reserved Instance” system that allows users to commit to a long-term contract for rather large savings on virtual machines. You can save around 50% of the cost of a virtual machine if you commit for one or three years.

To use reservations, you have to choose a specific instance (for example, a D8ms instance), and then you can reserve one for you to use at a discounted rate.

Microsoft continues to innovate here and now offers Azure Savings Plan for Compute. This allows you to commit to a minimum spend per hour on all your compute services and achieve savings on the portion of spending at or below your minimum hourly spend.

If you spend more than the minimum, you pay the normal rates. If you spend less than the minimum, you’ll be charged the minimum.

For example, let’s say you commit to spending $5 per hour (at 720 hours per month, that’s $3,600). In return, you save money on those compute services for that $5.

If your compute usage comes to $6 in that hour, you’ll save on the first $5 and pay the normal rate on the last $1.

If your compute usage only comes to $4, you’ll be charged for that $5.

It’s a new way to get savings on your compute spending by making a commitment, without having to commit to a specific instance type.

For more: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-compute-blog/optimize-and-maximize-cloud-investment-with-azure-savings-plan/ba-p/3636447


TWO.

If disk speed is your thing, Microsoft has just rolled out a new high-speed disk option for storage – Azure Premium SSD v2.

According to the official blog post, Microsoft has made significant improvements in the technology behind the service.

They offer from 1 GB to 64 TB of general-purpose block storage in 1 GB increments. The previous SSD was limited to 32 TB. If a 64-terabyte VM disk is not exciting enough for you, they claim sub-millisecond disk latency.

That is up to 80,000 IOPS and 1,200 MBPS throughput on a single disk.

And you can dynamically scale up and down the performance as needed without downtime based on your application needs. So if you need a high throughput performance for a limited period, you can pay for that. And then downgrade to more affordable performance for the rest of the time.

Scaleable performance is a real innovation. Previously, you were assigned limits based on disk size.

For more:
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-storage-blog/azure-premium-ssd-v2-disk-storage-general-availability/ba-p/3649038


AZURE PLATFORM UPDATES.

The following announcements were made in the last two weeks:

  • Azure savings plan for compute, in GA
  • Auto Extension upgrade for Arc enabled services, in GA
  • Stream analytics no-code editor in Event Hubs, in GA
  • Azure Premium SSD v2 Disk Storage, in GA
  • SFTP support for Azure Blob Storage, in GA
  • AKS will start using Ubuntu 22 instead of Ubuntu 18
  • Azure Storage — Attribute-based access control for standard storage accounts, in GA
  • Vertical Pod Autoscaler, in preview
  • Premium SSD v2 support is now generally available on AKS
  • AKS image cleaner, in preview
  • IPVS load balancer support in AKS, in preview
  • Dapr extension for AKS and Arc-enabled Kubernetes now support Dapr v1.9.0
  • V2 programming model for Azure Functions using Python, in preview
  • Azure Container Apps TCP support, in preview
  • Azure Communication Services short code functionality for SMS, in GA
  • Azure Databricks SQL Pro, in GA
  • Microsoft Azure Payment HSM Service, in GA
  • Encrypt storage account with cross-tenant customer-managed keys, in GA

Important retirement or migration announcements:

  • Cloud Services (classic) deployment model is retiring on 31 August 2024
  • Continuous delivery setting of Azure VMSS will be retired on 31 March 2023
  • Community support for PHP 8.0 is ending on 26 November 2023
  • App Service Environment version 1 and version 2 will be retired on 31 August 2024
  • Community support for Node 16 LTS is ending on 11 September 2023

Check out the Azure Updates page if any of these affect you.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/


COMING UP FOR ME.

I’ll speak live at the Azure Portugual User Group in Lisbon on November 16. It’s an in-person event, but I hear they will try to stream it live too.

https://www.meetup.com/azure-user-group-portugal/events/288229074/


WHERE TO FIND ME.

And that’s it for issue 3.20. Thanks for reading this far. Talk to you again in two weeks.

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