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August 2019

Aug 21

Announcing pricing decrease for Azure App Service on the Premium plan

We are happy to announce a price reduction of an average of 35% for Linux App Service on the Premium v2 plan (pricing may vary by regional meters). This price reduction makes the decision point between hosting on a Standard App Service plan or a Premium v2 App Service plan a much simpler one.

  • App Service (Linux)
  • Web Apps Linux
Aug 20

Announcing new lower pricing for Azure Archive Storage

NOW AVAILABLE

Effective August 1, Azure Archive Storage dropped prices by up to 50% in some regions.

  • Archive Storage
  • Blob Storage
Aug 15

Microsoft Azure Ultra Disks now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Microsoft Azure Ultra Disks is the new managed disks offering which is now generally available for running data intensive business critical workloads on cloud requiring high IO performance and low latency

  • Managed Disks
Aug 8

New AMD-based Azure VMs for general purpose and memory intensive workloads in preview

IN PREVIEW

New AMD-based Azure Dav3 and Eav3-series virtual machines – ideal for general purpose and memory intensive workloads – are now in Preview.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
Aug 7

Azure Databricks Unit pre-purchase plan is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Databricks Unit (DBU) pre-purchase plan is now available, helping to make Azure the most cost-effective cloud for your workloads.

  • Azure Databricks
Aug 1

Azure Dedicated Host in Preview

IN PREVIEW

A new Azure service that provides physical servers that host one or more Azure virtual machines. The server is dedicated to your organization and workloads.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Azure Dedicated Host

July 2019

Jul 19

Introducing promotional pricing for the Basic Linux App Service Plan

NOW AVAILABLE

We’re excited to introduce a promotional price on the Basic app service plan for Linux, which depending on regional meters in your datacenter of choice, leads to a 66 percent price drop! In addition, we are also now offering a free App Service Plan for Linux, making starting out on App Service easier than ever!

  • App Service (Linux)
  • Web Apps Linux
Jul 15

New 48vCPUs Azure Virtual Machine sizes are now available

NOW AVAILABLE

New 48vCPUs sizes for the Dv3, Dsv3, Ev3, Esv3, Fsv2, and Lsv2 Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) are now available so you can better match your workload requirements.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
Jul 15

Azure FXT Edge Filer Now available

NOW AVAILABLE

The Avere FXT Edge Filer solution is now generally available. This redesigned hardware takes advantage of Avere Systems’ software technology to accelerate network-attached storage (NAS) environments and expand access to Azure Blob storage.

  • Avere vFXT for Azure
Jul 11

Azure SQL Database published the first in the industry business continuity SLA for a relational database service

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure SQL database service has updated its service level agreement (SLA) offering guarantees for common disaster recovery metrics.

  • Azure SQL Database
Jul 1

Introducing B12, B16 & B20 - new larger B-series VM sizes with flexible CPU usage

NOW AVAILABLE

We have released three new B-series sizes: B12ms, B16ms and B20ms. These are lower cost VMs with flexible CPU usage.

  • Virtual Machines
Jul 1

Azure Search—New storage optimized service tiers are now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Storage Optimized editions, L1 & L2, are now generally available-- offering more storage at a reduced price per tier.

  • Cognitive Search

June 2019

Jun 26

Azure Data Box Disk now available in Southeast Asia and Azure Government

NOW AVAILABLE

Announcing Data Box Disk GA in SE Asia (Singapore) and Azure Government (US Gov Virginia)

  • Data Box Disk
  • Data Box
  • Data Box
Jun 18

Azure Bastion - RDP and SSH over SSL - now available for Preview

IN PREVIEW

Fully managed service for seamless and secure RDP/SSH access to your virtual machines without public IP on the VM.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Virtual Network
  • Azure Bastion
Jun 12

Dev/test pricing option for individual Visual Studio subscribers is now available for Azure SQL Database managed instance

Dev/test pricing option for individual Visual Studio subscribers is now available for Azure SQL Database managed instance.

  • Azure SQL Database
Jun 12

General availability: 4 vCore Azure SQL Database managed instances on Gen5 hardware

NOW AVAILABLE

Four vCore Azure SQL Database managed instances are now available on Gen5 hardware for the General Purpose and Business Critical Service tiers.

  • Azure SQL Database

May 2019

May 23

GPU and HPC VM Price Promotion now available

Announcing newly discounted promotional pricing for the NCv1, NVv1, and Hv1-series VM families.

  • Virtual Machines
May 20

Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure – Public Preview

IN PREVIEW

Generation 2 (UEFI Boot) Virtual Machines available in Azure for public preview

  • Virtual Machines
May 15

Reserved instance pricing in the Dev/Test Offer

NOW AVAILABLE

Reserved instances discounts are now available for VMs and Azure SQL Database instances created in your Dev/Test offer subscriptions.

  • Azure DevTest Labs
May 8

Azure Red Hat OpenShift now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Red Hat OpenShift, a fully managed Red Hat OpenShift service, jointly operated with Red Hat is now available.

  • Azure Red Hat OpenShift

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