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Target availability: Q2 2020
Geo-zone-redundant storage (GZRS) and read-access geo-zone-redundant storage (RA-GZRS) are now generally available, offering intra-regional and inter-regional high availability and disaster protection for your applications.
Customer-initiated Storage account failover is now generally available, allowing you to determine when to initiate a failover instead of waiting for Microsoft to do so.
Routing preferences provide the flexibility to optimize traffic to your Storage account for premium network performance by using the Microsoft global network, or to help lower costs using the public Internet. Publish route-specific endpoints for your storage account. The preview is available for all Storage accounts located in France South, South Central US, and the West Central US regions.
Private endpoints for Azure Storage are now generally available in the Azure Government region. Private endpoints provide secure connectivity to Azure Storage from an Azure virtual network. On-premises networks can also securely connect to a storage account using a private endpoint when that network is connected to a virtual network using Azure Express Route or VPN.
Azure Private Link now includes multiple new services available in Preview and GA.
Private Endpoints provide secure connectivity to Azure Storage from a Azure virtual network (VNet). On-premises networks can also securely connect to a storage account using a private endpoint when that network is to a VNet using Express Route or VPN. Private Endpoints for Azure Storage are now generally available in all Azure public regions.
Azure Private Link, which provides private connectivity to Azure services, is now available in all regions.
Target availability: Q3 2019
Connect to services in your Azure virtual networks more securely and privately with Azure Private Link, now available in preview.
Introducing a new set of copy APIs to enable efficient data transfer to Azure or inside Azure datacenters.
Azure Blob lifecycle management is now enhanced with expanded regional availability and intuitive portal experience.
Premium Blob now supports policy-based object deletion.
New functionality that will enable you to manage the same data using either Blob APIs or Data Lake Storage Gen2 APIs is now available in preview.
We are now announcing the addition of the Azure Cosmos DB community on ExpressRoute, which will allow for regional advertisements of Azure Cosmos DB.
Azure Storage Account Failover enables customers to control when to failover their GRS and RA-GRS storage accounts from the primary to the secondary region.
A new deployment wizard is now available for the Avere vFXT for Azure, a high-performance caching solution, to improve set-up processes.
You can now retain your backup of Azure Files shares for 10 years by using Azure Backup and PowerShell.
Effective January 1, 2019, resource GUIDs and names for Azure Blob storage for Germany regions will change.
The Azure portal received updates in October 2018.
You can create and manage premium blob storage accounts from the Azure portal. This preview is available in the US East 2, US Central, and US West regions.
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