With all the changes in Azure, it is sometimes hard to keep track, that's why I thought I would give you a quick update on two exiting things I learned this week. In this update, I want to share a couple of things new updates to Azure Cost Management, Azure Files, and more.
New Power BI reports for Azure reservations and Azure Hybrid Benefit to help save money
If you are not familiar with the PowerBI Dashboard for Azure Cost Management, it helps you to get insights into your Azure cost data. Using the new Azure Cost Management Template app for Power BI, you can import and analyze your Azure cost and usage data within Power BI. The reports provided, allow you to gain insights into which subscriptions or resource groups are consuming the most. It also provides visibility into spending trends and overall usage. In this week's blog post, Michael Flanakin (Program Manager, Azure Cost Management) shares updates to the Power BI template app, which will make it easier to take advantage of the Azure Hybrid Benefit and Azure reservations and save money.
Frank Boucher (Cloud Advocate at Microsoft) also recorded a video based on that blog post:
Preview of Active Directory authentication support on Azure Files
This week the Azure Files teams announced the preview of Active Directory authentication support for Azure Files. With that, you can now create a simple file share in Azure and integrate it into your local active directory domain, so people can access it as it would be a file share running on a Windows Server. Will Gries (Program Manager for Azur Files) and I recorded a short Azure Unblogged video, to explain the new features in Azure Files.
This is great if you want to replace your file servers on-premises with a file share hosted in Azure, but it is also a great feature if you are using Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) on Azure.
I hope this short blog post provided you with some exciting news from this week. I know there is much more than just the things I listed here. I recommend that you follow the Azure announcements blog. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.