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Azure Cosmos DB Principal Engineering Manager Kirill Gavrylyuk recently published a paper that compares the TCO of running a NoSQL database in multiple scenarios.
A new generation of A-series instances is available for Azure Virtual Machines. These Av2 instances carry the same CPU configurations but have more RAM per vCPU.
The Azure Functions experience is generally available, including the consumption compute model (formerly called "dynamic compute").
The G-series is available on Azure Cloud Services in US West, US East 2, Europe West, Asia Southeast, Australia East, Canada Central, Canada East, Germany Central, and US Gov Virginia.
UltraPerformance Gateway connects a virtual network to an Azure ExpressRoute circuit and provides five times the network throughput of HighPerformance Gateway.
At launch, the H-Series will be among the fastest virtual machines available in Azure in terms of performance per core (ACU benchmark).
Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs that enable developers to tap into high-quality vision, speech, language, knowledge, and search technologies.
N-Series instances are enabled with NVIDIA’s cutting-edge GPUs so you can run GPU-accelerated workloads and visualize them.
Azure Virtual Machines customers can take advantage of the G-Series instances now available in Canada Central and Canada East.
P15 offers 4000 Database Transaction Units (DTUs)—that’s twice as powerful as our P11 offering—with extremely fast transactional performance, real-time analytics, and up to 1 TB of storage.
Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now generally available in additional regions—North Europe, Japan East, Brazil South, and Australia Southeast.
The new Dv2 instances carry the same CPU, memory, and disk configurations as the current D-Series, but they offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster.
Apple FairPlay Streaming is Apple’s digital rights management (DRM) format that protects both Video on Demand (VOD) and live streams.
To better support a broader array of mission-critical cloud apps, Azure Service Bus Premium messaging is now generally available.
Azure Virtual Machines customers can take advantage of the G-Series instances now available in Australia East.
Microsoft Azure IoT Hub S3 addresses enterprise scenarios where you have a large number of devices that generate large amounts of data and must transmit messages frequently.
Microsoft R Server, the most broadly deployable enterprise-class analytics platform for R available today, is generally available.
With SQL Server Stretch Database, you can dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data from Microsoft SQL Server 2016 to Azure.
Two new Azure regions are generally available to customers in the United States and across the globe: West US 2 and West Central US.
For Azure SQL Database, all Standard-tier databases and Standard-tire elastic database pools now have 35 days of retention built in, at no extra charge.