Read about important Azure product updates and announcements.

Azure Event Grid generally available
Pricing | Event Grid webpage
Easily subscribe and react to interesting events happening in any Azure service or in your own apps with Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service. Event Grid removes the need to continuously poll by reliably routing events at high scale and low latency. In addition, take advantage of the rich coverage and reactive event model enabled by Event Grid in your serverless architectures.

These features were added as part of the general availability (GA) release:

Richer scenarios enabled through integration with more services: Azure Storage General Purpose v2 accounts were added; Azure IoT Hub and Azure Service Bus were added as new event publishers; and Azure Event Hubs was added as a new destination for events.
Availability in more regions: It’s now available in the following regions: West US, East US, West US 2, East US 2, West Central US, Central US, West Europe, North Europe, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, with more coming soon.
Increased reliability and service-level agreement (SLA): We now have a 24-hour retry policy with exponential back off for event delivery. We also offer 99.99 percent availability with a financially backed SLA for your production workloads.
Better developer productivity: New management and data plane SDKs help make the development process smoother.

Event Grid is now generally available. GA pricing will be effective for billing periods beginning on or after April 1, 2018.

Learn more on the overview and pricing webpages or via the Azure Blog.

M-Series VMs available in UK South region
Pricing | Virtual Machines webpage
Azure Virtual Machines delivers the power of server virtualization in the cloud, supporting a wide variety of Linux distributions, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, and SAP. It enables solutions including dev and testing, running production apps, and extending the scale of your datacenter, giving you the power to deploy an app in seconds instead of weeks.

M-Series virtual machines:

Provide the highest performance Azure Virtual Machines to-date.
Enable large in-memory workloads such as SAP HANA.
Meet the needs of most demanding environments with high random-access memory (RAM) and virtual CPU (vCPU) capabilities.
Support up to 128 vCPUs and between 1 TiB and 3.8 TiB RAM. (The 3.8 TiB RAM support for the 128 vCPU configuration is coming soon.)

The M-Series virtual machines (VMs) are generally available in the UK South region, in addition to the East US 2, West US 2, and West Europe regions.

Learn more on the overview and pricing webpages.

ITSM connector for Azure generally available
Pricing | Azure Monitor webpage
The IT Service Management connector (ITSMC) for Azure provides bidirectional integration between Azure monitoring tools and your ITSM tools, including ServiceNow, Provance, Cherwell, and System Center Service Manager. Use ITSMC to help improve your troubleshooting experience by accessing the information you need in one place and reducing the time it takes to resolve issues. Use ITSMC to:

Integrate operational alerts with your incident management practices in the ITSM tool of your choice.
Unify the monitoring, log, and service management data used across your organization.

ITSMC for Azure is now generally available. General availability (GA) pricing will be effective for billing periods beginning on or after April 1, 2018. Usage prior to April 1, 2018, will be billed at preview rates.

Learn more on the overview and pricing webpages and via the Azure Blog.

For a complete list of announcements and updates, visit Azure updates.

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