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    July 2019

    11 Jul

    Azure Ephemeral OS Disk is now Generally Available

    Announcing the general availability of Ephemeral OS disk which enables faster reimage of your VMs to its original state as well as enabling you to create thousands of VMs at scale with Shared Image Gallery.

    1 Jul

    Introducing B12, B16 & B20 - new larger B-series VM sizes with flexible CPU usage

    We have released three new B-series sizes: B12ms, B16ms and B20ms. These are lower cost VMs with flexible CPU usage.

    June 2019

    26 Jun
    19 Jun

    Enable replication for added Azure VM data disks

    May 2019 - Site Recovery supports enabling replication for data disks added to Azure VMs already enabled for disaster recovery.

    12 Jun

    Enhanced experience for Azure Advisor security recommendations

    Manage your Security Center recommendations through Advisor UI, API, CLI, or PowerShell. Remediate recommendations quickly with bulk actions. Follow more than 20 new best practice recommendations for availability, performance, and cost.

    May 2019

    20 May

    Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure – Public Preview

    Generation 2 (UEFI Boot) Virtual Machines available in Azure for public preview

    8 May

    Ordered Clustered Columnstore Indexes for Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now in preview

    Columnstore is a key enabler for storing and efficiently querying large amounts of data.

    6 May

    Announcing Ephemeral OS Disk in Public Preview

    We are happy to announce Ephemeral OS disk in Public Preview. Ephemeral OS disks work well for stateless workloads, where applications are tolerant of individual VM failures and are more concerned about the time it takes to deploy at scale or to reimage the individual VMs.

    April 2019

    22 Apr

    Azure Batch updates now available

    Here are the latest new or enhanced capabilities for Azure Batch, available now.

    10 Apr

    Azure Data Box Disk now available in Japan and Korea

    Announcing availability of Data Box Disk in Japan and Korea

    2 Apr

    Azure portal April 2019 update

    The Azure portal has been updated in the areas of IaaS, Azure Data Explorer, Security Center, Azure Site Recovery, RBAC, support, and more.

    1 Apr

    B-series update: B1ls is now available

    The new B1ls Azure virtual machine, which has the smallest memory and lowest cost among Azure VM instances, is now available.

    March 2019

    29 Mar

    Azure File volume disk plugin is currently in preview

    Azure File volume disk is currently in preview. Using Azure Files for remote state storage for containers. For more details see

    27 Mar

    Greater storage capacity and performance with new Azure Disks SKU

    New Azure managed disks SKUs for Premium SSDs, Standard SSDs and Standard HDDs will reach up to 32TiB (32,767 GB). Performance will now reach up to 20,000 IOPS and 900 MBps on Premium SSD Disks

    5 Mar

    Protect on-premises VMs by directly replicating to managed disks in Azure

    Azure Site Recovery supports disaster recovery of VMware virtual machines and physical machines by directly replicating to managed disks.

    February 2019

    12 Feb

    Storage Standard SSD Managed Disks name changes

    Effective March 1, 2019, the names for Storage Standard SSD Managed Disks in Germany will change.

    5 Feb

    Ev3 and ESv3 series VMs are available in Azure HDInsight

    Ev3 and ESv3 series VMs are available in Azure HDInsight.

    January 2019

    30 Jan

    Azure Site Recovery: Azure VM disaster recovery updates

    In Azure Site Recovery, we've added several features for VM disaster recovery.

    9 Jan

    General availability: Azure Data Box Disk

    Azure Data Box Disk is now generally available in the US, EU, Canada, and Australia.