Azure in-depth series: Azure updates 2 August 2021

Cobweb Team
Categories: Azure

Jonathan Harris, Cobweb Solutions Architect, writes …

Azure updates for this week are:

Azure VMware Solution (AVS) now supports VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
  • AVS is the facility to have VMware ESX hosts running in an Azure Datacentre, making it easy to transition on-premises VMware workloads and move to the Microsoft cloud. A particular benefit of AVS is that support staff don’t need to learn about Azure components as everything still runs on VMware.
  • AVS now supports SRM to replicate VMs to another AVS solution or migrate from an on-premises VMware environment.
  • Microsoft’s VMware Site Recovery Manager is now Available for Azure VMware Solution webpage has further detail.
New ExpressRoute Peering Locations
  • An ExpressRoute is a connection directly into Microsoft’s backbone network providing a low latency, fault tolerant network connection. A peering location is a point of entry into Microsoft network. Peering can be either private peering – for access to your servers in Azure or Microsoft peering – for access to Office 365 and PaaS services. The best peering location is the one nearest to your users.
  • Three new peering locations have been added:
    • Campinas
    • Dublin2
    • Sao Paulo2
  • See Microsoft’s General availability: Azure ExpressRoute: 3 New Peering Locations Available for more information.
Immutable Blob Storage
  • Immutable storage allows businesses to apply either time-based or legal hold policies on storage to allow access and prevent deletion of files, which can be required for regulatory compliance purposes.
  • Immutable Blob Storage is now in preview in the following regions:
    • Canada Central
    • Canada East
    • France Central
    • France South
  • Microsoft’s Store business-critical blob data with immutable storage has more information.
Global infrastructure map
  • A cool visual map of the world showing all the Azure regions and their functionality, the global Infrastructure map offers zoom in and explore features.
  • Give it a try – global infrastructure map!
 Azure Relay now supports Azure Active Directory
Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) in Azure China
 Start VM on Connection for Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is now Generally Available (GA)
Azure Site Recovery (ASR) improvements – update 56 is now GA

 As always, if you’d like to discuss any of the above with us here at Cobweb – or discuss anything Azure-related – get in touch with the Cobweb team (0333 009 5941 or email