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August 2020

6 Aug

Selective disks backup for Azure Virtual Machine is in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Optimize your costs and enjoy faster backup and restore operations by selectively backing up a subset of the data disks in a VM.

  • Azure Backup
  • Features
5 Aug

SQL Server FCI on Shared Disks for SQL Server on virtual machines

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Shared Disks for SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (SQL FCI) on Azure IaaS is now in general availability.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features

July 2020

24 Jul

SR-IOV availability on InfiniBand-equipped Virtual Machines

NOW AVAILABLE

We are upgrading the virtualization technology through which customer VMs can access our high-bandwidth, low-latency InfiniBand network on our RDMA-enabled VM Sizes. By enabling SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization), customers will be able to use any MPI (Message Passing Interface) implementation or InfiniBand verb set, greatly increasing ability and options for leveraging Infiniband for their workloads

  • Virtual Machines
  • Features
21 Jul

Azure ultra disks are now available in the US Gov Arizona region

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure ultra disks are now available in the US Gov Arizona region.

  • Managed Disks
  • Services
21 Jul

Azure Disk Storage with Azure Private Link integration is in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Disk Storage now enables enhanced security options for export and import via integration with Azure Private Link.

  • Disk Storage
  • Features
  • Microsoft Inspire
21 Jul

Performance tiers for Azure Disk Storage are in limited preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Disk Storage now enables you to set performance tiers (in limited preview) for a specific duration of time based on workload demand.

  • Managed Disks
  • Features
  • Microsoft Inspire
21 Jul

Shared disks in Azure Disk Storage are now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Shared disks are now available in Azure Disk Storage—the only shared block storage in the cloud that supports both Windows and Linux-based clustered or high-availability applications.

  • Managed Disks
  • Features
  • Microsoft Inspire
20 Jul

Azure Monitor for Containers now supports recommended alerts

IN PREVIEW

Azure Monitor for Containers now includes recommended alerts. Use this feature to enable alerts in one click on your Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters. These preconfigured metrics alerts enable you to monitor your system resource when it's running on peak capacity or hitting failure rates. This feature is in currently preview.

  • Azure Monitor
  • Services
13 Jul

Azure Data Box Disk is now available in China

IN PREVIEW

Target availability: Q3 2020

Azure Data Box Disk is now available for preview in the China East, China East 2, China North, and China North 2 regions.

  • Data Box
  • Data Box Disk
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Regions & Datacenters
  • Services
8 Jul

Preview support for Azure Shared Disks for SQL Server failover cluster instance on Azure IaaS is now available

IN PREVIEW

Preview support is now available for Azure Shared Disks for SQL Server failover cluster instance (SQL FCI) on Azure IaaS with SQL Server 2019 on Windows Server 2019 and higher.

  • SQL Server on Virtual Machines
  • Features
1 Jul

Virtual machine scale sets—Automatic image upgrades for custom images now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Virtual machine scale sets now provide the ability to automatically deploy new versions of custom images to scale set virtual machines.

  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Features

June 2020

25 Jun

Ephemeral OS disks for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) now support additional VM sizes

IN PREVIEW

You now have the ability to store ephemeral OS disks on the VM temp or resource disk in addition to the VM cache (in preview).

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Managed Disks
  • Features
15 Jun

New Azure Virtual Machines for general purpose and memory intensive workloads now in preview

IN PREVIEW

The new D v4-series and E v4-series Azure Virtual Machines feature the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL custom processor, which can achieve up to 3.4 Ghz all core turbo frequency. The D v4-series and E v4-series virtual machines (VMs) don’t provide any temporary storage. The D v4-series and Ds v4-series virtual machine sizes can meet the requirements associated with most general-purpose workloads. The E v4-series and Es v4-series VMs offer up to 504 GiB of RAM and are ideal for various memory-intensive enterprise applications.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Features
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Services
2 Jun

New Azure Virtual Machines with high-performance local SSD are now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

The new Dd v4-series and Ed v4-series Azure Virtual Machines feature the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL custom processor. The Dd v4-series and Dds v4 virtual machine (VM) sizes are well suited for applications that benefit from low latency, high-speed local storage (up to 2,400 GiB.) The Edv4-series and Edsv4-series VM sizes are ideal for various memory-intensive enterprise applications and feature up to 504 GiB of RAM, in addition to high-performance local SSD storage (up to 2,400 GiB.)

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Features
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Services
2 Jun

Azure Shared Image Gallery—New features are now available in preview

IN PREVIEW

New preview features now available in Azure Shared Image Gallery.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Features
  • Management
  • Microsoft Build

May 2020

29 May

Azure Site Recovery now supports proximity placement groups

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q2 2020

Ensure both lower latency and greater resiliency of your business-critical applications by using proximity placement groups and Azure Site Recovery in tandem.

  • Azure Site Recovery
  • Features
  • Management
27 May

Azure Ultra Disk Storage is now available in more regions

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Ultra Disk Storage is now available in Central US, West US, South Central US, US Gov Virginia, France Central, and Japan East.

  • Managed Disks
  • Services
27 May

Azure server-side encryption with customer-managed keys now available for Azure Ultra Disks

NOW AVAILABLE

Server-side encryption (SSE) with customer-managed keys (CMK) is now available for Azure Ultra Disks in all regions that support Ultra Disks.

  • Managed Disks
  • Services
19 May

Azure HDInsight enterprise security enhancements

IN PREVIEW

Three new security feature improvements are available for Azure HDinsight.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
  • Security
19 May

Azure Virtual Machines—Support for backup is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Backup now supports Azure Virtual Machines with up to 32 attached disks.

  • Azure Backup
  • Management
  • Microsoft Build

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