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July 2018

Jul 16

Batch services and advanced routing services for Azure Maps


New features and batch services are available for Azure Maps. They support the needs of large-scale enterprises with high volumes of concurrent users, along with users who need advanced functionality.

  • Mobile Services
  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Internet of Things
Jul 16

New in Azure Maps: API, map control modules, imagery, and styling features


New features are available for Azure Maps customers.

  • App Service
  • Mobile Services
  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Internet of Things

May 2018

May 19

Enterprise administrators can view reserved instances in the Azure portal

Azure Enterprise Agreement administrators can now see their Azure reservations in the Azure portal.

  • Virtual Machines
May 4

Preview: The vCore-based purchasing model for Azure SQL Database is extended with additional compute and storage options


The vCore-based purchasing model for Azure SQL Database Elastic Pool and Single Database offers additional compute and storage configurations.

  • Azure SQL Database

April 2018

Apr 25

General availability: Azure Container Instances


Azure Container Instances is generally available, with a decreased price, an improved Azure portal experience, new features, and expanded regions.

  • Container Instances
Apr 4

Preview: A flexible new way to purchase Azure SQL Database


The preview of the vCore-based purchasing model released with Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is now available for elastic pools and single databases.

March 2018

Mar 19

ClearDB removal from the Azure Marketplace

ClearDB will transition Azure-based customers currently billed by Microsoft to a direct billing model with ClearDB. You'll no longer be able to create or upgrade a ClearDB database.

  • Access Control Service
  • App Service
  • Security

November 2017

Nov 16

General availability: Azure Reserved VM Instances


Azure Reserved VM Instances are generally available.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets

October 2017

Oct 23

Public preview: Twice the performance and unlimited columnar storage with SQL Data Warehouse


Announcing a new, faster performance tier for Azure SQL Data Warehouse for compute-intensive analytical workloads.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
Oct 6

Public preview: Azure subscription cost reporting and analysis for enterprise customers

Azure EA users can view and analyze their subscription costs across different pivots in the Azure portal.

June 2017

Jun 15

General availability: Fast Failover and TCP Probing in Azure Traffic Manager


In Azure Traffic Manager, two new features related to endpoint health are now generally available: Fast Failover and TCP Probing.

  • Traffic Manager

May 2017

May 10

Azure Enterprise Agreement Support Plan Upgrade Offer extended until June 30, 2018

The Enterprise Agreement Support Plan Upgrade Offer is being extended. For Azure customers who use an Enterprise Agreement, this offer provides an additional level of access to support from Microsoft.

March 2017

Mar 31

General availability: Azure Monitor


Azure Monitor, the central source and pipeline for monitoring data from Azure, is now generally available.

  • Azure Monitor
Mar 17

L-Series storage-optimized virtual machines


L-Series virtual machines are optimized for storage-intensive workloads and offer four new VM sizes.

  • Virtual Machines

February 2017

Feb 8

Introducing Microsoft Azure IP Advantage


Microsoft Azure IP Advantage provides comprehensive protection against intellectual property (IP) risks with uncapped indemnification and access to a portfolio of thousands of Microsoft patents.

November 2016

Nov 19

Azure Cosmos DB: Paper about the TCO of running a NoSQL database is available

Azure Cosmos DB Principal Engineering Manager Kirill Gavrylyuk recently published a paper that compares the TCO of running a NoSQL database in multiple scenarios.

  • Azure Cosmos DB
Nov 18

New generation of A-series instances for Azure Virtual Machines


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.

  • Virtual Machines
Nov 16

General availability: Azure Functions


The Azure Functions experience is generally available, including the consumption compute model (formerly called "dynamic compute").

  • App Service
  • Azure Functions
Nov 16

General availability: G-series for Azure Cloud Services


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.

October 2016

Oct 14

General availability: UltraPerformance Gateway tier for Azure ExpressRoute


UltraPerformance Gateway connects a virtual network to an Azure ExpressRoute circuit and provides five times the network throughput of HighPerformance Gateway.

  • Azure ExpressRoute
  • VPN Gateway
  • Security

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