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Azure News December 2020

by Dec 1, 2020

Azure Cost Management + Billing updates

No matter the size of your business it’s important to know what you’re spending, where, and how you can reduce those costs. This is where Azure Cost Management + Billing comes in. Here are some of the latest improvements and updates based on user feedback: 

  • Customise language in budget alerts 
  • Preview new views optimised for resources and reservations 
  • New features in Cost Management labs 
  • App Service extending dev/test discounts to Premium SKUs 
  • Cosmos DB serverless preview may reduce costs 
  • Plus much more… 

 So, grab a drink and have a read of all the latest improvements and updates here. 



Azure Backup for Azure PostgreSQL long-term retention in preview

If you have opted for Azure Database for PostgreSQL server then this solution might be for you.

Azure Backup and Azure Databases have come together to build an enterprise-scale backup solution that facilitates flexible and granular backups and restores while supporting retention for up to 10 years. The elastic-scale, zero-infrastructure solution doesn’t require you to deploy or manage backup infrastructure, agents, or storage accounts while providing a simple and consistent experience to centrally manage and monitor the backups.


Azure Backup for Azure PostgreSQL server. Source: Microsoft

The solution offers:

  • Long-term retention in standard or archive tier
  • Customer-controlled, granular backup and restore across subscriptions
  • Option to restore anywhere
  • Central management and monitoring with Backup Center
  • Guarantee you’ll never lose your backups, even if you lose the source server
  • RBAC-based access to the database using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication

Interested in finding out more about Azure Backup for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, including a demo on how to get started? Have a read of the full announcement.



Azure Hybrid Benefit now generally available for Linux

Now generally available, the Azure Hybrid Benefit functionality for Linux customers allows you to bring both your on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses, as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) subscriptions to Azure.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Reduced running costs for enterprise Linux workloads in Azure
  • Seamless post-deployment conversions
  • Lower ongoing operation costs
  • Technical support from Azure, Red Hat and SUSE with one ticket
  • Unified user interface integration

Read the full announcement for more information on the benefits of Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux, or watch the demonstration below on how it works for Red Hat and SUSE:



Guest health feature in Azure Monitor for virtual machines

We all understand the importance of monitoring the health of our virtual machines (VMs) but how much time to we spend focused on this?

Last month Microsoft announced the preview of Azure Monitor for VMs guest health feature that monitors the health of your VMs and fires an alert when any parameter being monitored is outside the acceptable range. This feature provides you:

  • A simple experience to monitor the overall health of your VM.
  • Out-of-the-box health monitors based on key VM metrics to track the health of your VM.
  • Out-of-the-box alerts to notify if the VM is unhealthy.


Guest health feature in Azure Monitor for VMs. Source: Microsoft




New enhanced DNS features in Azure Firewall now generally available

Meeting developer needs with powerful new features in Azure Cache for Redis

Reduce costs with new memory-optimised Azure Virtual Machines certified for SAP HANA




Further Insights

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