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June 2020

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
19 May

Azure HDInsight enterprise security enhancements

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q2 2020

Azure HDInsight enterprise security enhancements include support for customer-managed key encryption with Azure Key Vault and a new feature, ID broker, which simplifies authentication setups.

  • HDInsight
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build
  • Security
13 May

Virtual machine (VM)-level disk bursting

NOW AVAILABLE

Virtual machine (VM)-level disk bursting is a new feature that enables your workloads to handle unforeseen disk traffic spikes smoothly without the need to overprovision your virtual machine. The feature is now enabled on all of Azure Lsv2-series virtual machines.

  • Managed Disks
  • Services

April 2020

29 Apr

Cross-region restore for Azure Virtual Machines using Azure Backup

IN PREVIEW

With the introduction of cross-region restore, you can now initiate restores in a secondary region at will to mitigate real downtime issues in a primary region for your environment.

  • Features
14 Apr

Virtual machine scale sets—Automatic image upgrades for custom images

IN PREVIEW

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

  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Features
13 Apr

Replace existing disks is now supported for virtual machines with custom images

NOW AVAILABLE

Support is now available for virtual machines (VMs) with custom images to replace existing disks during the restore flow.

  • Features
2 Apr

Direct Upload of Azure Managed Disks is generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Direct upload of Azure Managed Disks provides a simplified workflow for uploading an on-premises VHD directly into an empty managed disk or copy a managed disk to another Azure region for regional migration or expansion.

  • Managed Disks
  • Services
1 Apr

Azure Ultra Disks—Shared disk capability is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Shared disks now includes Ultra Disks (in preview).

  • Managed Disks
  • Services
1 Apr

Azure Managed Disks—Incremental snapshots are now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Get a cost-effective, point-in-time backup of managed disks using incremental snapshots. Unlike current snapshots, which are billed for the full size, incremental snapshots are billed for the delta changes to disks since the last snapshot.

  • Managed Disks
  • Services
1 Apr

New Azure Disk sizes and bursting support are now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Managed Disks are the new and recommended disk storage offering for use with Azure virtual machines for persistent storage of data. Use multiple Managed Disks with each virtual machine. Four types of managed disks are available—ultra disk, premium SSD-managed disks, standard SSD-managed disks, and standard HDD-managed disks.

  • Managed Disks
  • Services
1 Apr

Server-side encryption with customer-managed keys for Azure Managed Disks is generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Server-side encryption with customer-managed keys for Azure Managed Disks is now available. It improves on platform-managed keys by giving you control of the encryption keys to meet your compliance need. It improves on Azure Disk encryption by enabling you to use any OS types and images for your virtual machines by encrypting data in the Azure Storage service.

  • Managed Disks
  • Services

March 2020

18 Mar

Azure Shared Disks for clustered applications preview now available

IN PREVIEW

Azure Shared Disks is a shared block storage offering, enabling customers to run latency-sensitive workloads without compromising on well-known deployment patterns for fast failover and high availability.

  • Managed Disks
  • Services

February 2020

24 Feb

Fileless attack detection for Linux is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Security Center is extending fileless attack detection for Linux, in addition to Windows.

  • Security Center
  • Security
19 Feb

Azure Backup offline-backup with Azure Data Box

IN PREVIEW

Now Azure Backup customers can take advantage of Azure Data Box to move large backups of critical enterprise data through offline mechanisms.

  • Azure Backup
  • Data Box
  • Management

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