Inspire 2021: Azure news roundup

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft Azure Data Center

Microsoft Inspire is a conference centered on Microsoft’s partners, so that means there’s a ton of news around Azure. Stories cover Azure App Dev, Data, Hybrid and Multicloud, Infra, and Migration. We’ve recapped everything you need to know in a single post.

We start first with Azure App Dev. In this area, Microsoft announced that Azure API Management integration with Azure Event Grid is now in preview. The goal of this is to allow Microsoft customers to configure API Management to publish events to Event Grid when a new user or new subscription is created on an API Management resource.

In addition, Microsoft is also rolling out a preview of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) as an event source for Azure Event Grid. Finally, Microsoft is also announcing that Smart defaults are now in preview for Azure Kubernetes Service. This is a set of scenario-specific cluster configurations that can be applied in a single click to help customers avoid common pitfalls in setup.

When it comes to Azure Data, meanwhile, there’s just one story to note. Microsoft detailed that their Partners in the Azure Synapse ecosystem will be able to include their solution in the Partner Center from Synapse Studio. It helps Azure Synapse users browse solutions and start trials more easily.


If you’re here for the Azure Hybrid and Multicloud news, then there’s a lot. Microsoft Azure Stack HCI partners are being offered new programs and marketing assets to showcase technical capabilities and highlight the value of Azure Stack HCI. In addition, On July 30, Azure SQL will join Windows Server, Linux, and Kubernetes as Azure Arc-enabled resources. Third up, the Microsoft Partner Network is adding two advanced specializations: Hybrid Operations and Management with Microsoft Azure Arc and Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure Stack HCI.

Ending with Azure Infra and Azure Migration, there are three stories to take note of. Microsoft is introducing a new monthly per-user access pricing option for Azure Virtual Desktop, especially for independent software vendors/ Microsoft is also expanding programs and extending security updates to streamline and simplify cloud migration and modernization. Finally, Microsoft is offering free Extended security updates for Windows Server 2012/R2 and SQL Server 2012.