Welcome to this week’s roundup! This roundup includes Azure news, feature releases, and fantastic articles to inform you on what you need to know about Azure!

The wait (list) is over: Azure NetApp Files is enterprise-ready in your Azure portal

Microsoft removes the waiting list to use NetApp’s ONTAP workload in Azure. Now anyone can take advantage of this storage solution across 30+ Azure regions. Check out Microsoft’s announcement here and NetApp’s announcement here!

Azure Functions Python 3.9 support is now generally available

Azure Functions now support Python 3.9, and Microsoft makes changes to the default settings for Python apps concurrent settings. Check out more about the update here!

Understanding Microsoft Azure Availability Zones

John Savill goes back to basics in his latest YouTube video covering Azure Availability Zones. John dives into how they function and how they are not a disaster recovery solution. Check out this 16-minute video here on John’s channel!

Reimagining the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification

Microsoft makes changes to the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification. The certification will now require passing a new exam (AZ-305), but you will also need to pass the Azure Administrator Associate certification as a prerequisite. The new exam enters beta on November 16, 2021. Microsoft is retiring the AZ-303 and AZ-304 exams effective March 31, 2022. Read more about the announcement here!

Get a consistent Azure naming convention with Bicep modules

Barbara Forbes showcases how to implement a consistent naming convention in your infrastructure as code, specifically with a Bicep module. Check out this great article here!

This week I published a guide on Deploying Super-Linter in an Azure DevOps Pipeline! Validate your source code and check for best practices before you deploy!