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Support is now available in preview for T-SQL Data Definition Language (DDL) for Windows users and groups migrating from SQL Server databases to SQL managed instance with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication.
The highest requested feature for Azure Synapse Analytics is now available—SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) Database projects. This release includes support for SSDT with Visual Studio 2019, along with native platform integration with Azure DevOps, providing built-in continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) capabilities for enterprise level deployments.
A new Azure HDInsight capability enables you to customize and upgrade your Azure SQL Database for Apache Ambari during cluster creation.
Managed instance backup storage billing went into effect November 1, 2019. Backup storage is free of charge up to sizes equal to the size of the provisioned storage, while any additional GB is charged at a fixed amount depending on region.
Transparent data encryption with customer-managed keys for Azure SQL Database managed instance is now generally available
Transparent data encryption (TDE) with customer-managed keys for Azure SQL Database managed instance is now generally available.
Azure Private Link, which provides private connectivity to Azure services, is now available in all regions.
Now in preview, M-series and Fsv2-series are new hardware options in Azure SQL Database specialized for workloads requiring very high compute or memory scale, or very fast CPU speed.
Azure Security Center’s support for threat protection and vulnerability assessment for SQL DBs running on IaaS virtual machines (VMs) is now in preview
UTF-8 support is now generally available for Azure SQL Database, allowing more options to companies extending their businesses to a global scale, where the requirements of providing global multilingual database applications and services is critical to meet customer demands, and specific market regulations.
The latest release of Data Migration Assistant provides support for SQL Server 2019.
Azure Data Share is now generally available. Azure Data Share enables organizations to easily and securely share data with other organizations to expand analytics datasets for enhanced insights.
Now in preview, the Azure SQL Database experience in the Azure portal offers an entry point to create an app with PowerApps that’s automatically connected to a table in a given database. Quickly create low-code, robust user experiences for any device using data from your SQL Database tables.
Stream real-time data into a SQL Database table directly from the Azure portal using Azure Stream Analytics (now in preview).
Azure SQL Database serverless is a new compute tier that optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage. Serverless automatically scales compute for single databases based on workload demand and bills for compute used per second.
The latest version of the Azure CLI contains several exciting new features across the Azure platform including networking command, native support for Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, and SQL serverless database support, in addition to others.
Azure Mv2-series Virtual Machines offering 416 vCPU and 12TB memory configurations are now generally available in the US West 2, US East and US East 2 regions. Mv2-series VMs are certified by SAP for SAP HANA OLTP and OLAP production workloads.
Azure Mv2-series Virtual Machines offering up to 416 vCPU in 3TB, 6TB and 12TB memory configurations are now generally available in the Southeast Asia region. Mv2-series VMs are certified by SAP for SAP HANA OLTP and OLAP production workloads.
Azure Mv2-series Virtual Machines offering up to 416 vCPU in 3TB, 6TB and 12TB memory configurations are now generally available In the EU West and EU North regions. Mv2-series VMs are certified by SAP for SAP HANA OLTP and OLAP production workloads.
Self-installations of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines can now benefit from performance-optimized storage configurations when they register with Resource Provider.
Managed instance, a deployment capability of Azure SQL Database, is transitioning from a manual to service-aided subnet configuration, now in preview.
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