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Azure SQL Database Gen 4 hardware approaching end of life in 2020

Updated: 18 December, 2019

Azure SQL Database is beginning the decommissioning process of Gen 4 Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell)-based CPUs and is transitioning to Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz and Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors for all new deployments.

The current pricing and performance of existing Gen 4-based databases and instances won’t be impacted by this update and will remain supported through January 2023. Reserved capacity pricing for Gen 4 databases and instances will be honored through the balance of their term, but new Gen 4 reserved capacity purchases are no longer available.

Consider moving your databases and managed instances to Gen 5 hardware by January 2023 to experience a wider range of vCore and storage scalability, accelerated networking, best IO performance, and minimal latency.

Learn more about where to view and change the hardware generation of an existing SQL database, pool, or managed instance.

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