Monthly updates for July 2019
A proximity placement group is an Azure Virtual Machine logical grouping capability that you can use to decrease network latency among VMs.
New functionality that will enable you to manage the same data using either Blob APIs or Data Lake Storage Gen2 APIs is now available in preview.
The Azure Migration Programme, which allows customers and partners to apply to work directly with Microsoft to plan and implement Azure migration projects, is now available. Using proven Microsoft cloud adoption methodologies, tools, resources and best practices, you’ll simplify and accelerate your Azure cloud migration with an approach that’s tailored to your organisation’s unique needs.
Migrate from on-premises or cloud implementations of MongoDB to Azure Cosmos DB with minimal downtime by using Azure Database Migration Service.
Cross-region asynchronous replication is now in preview for Azure Database for MariaDB. Create up to five read-only replica servers for every master server to scale out and balance read-heavy workloads across replica servers and Azure regions.
The Avere FXT Edge Filer solution is now generally available. This redesigned hardware takes advantage of Avere Systems’ software technology to accelerate network-attached storage (NAS) environments and expand access to Azure Blob storage.
Azure Cosmos DB .NET V3 SDK incorporates performance improvements (including the new streaming API), a more intuitive, idiomatic programming model with developer-friendly APIs, and new change feed pull and push programming models.
Use Azure DevTest Labs to configure a remote desktop gateway for your lab to ensure secure access to the virtual machines (VMs) without having to expose the RDP port.
Now generally available, the Azure Cosmos DB Java V3 SDK features a new, more intuitive, idiomatic programming model with developer-friendly APIs, a reactor-based async programming model and added support for Azure Cosmos DB direct TCP transport protocols to increase performance and availability.
Protect applications and data from data centre failures with redundancies across Availability Zones.
Azure Cosmos DB now offers a preview driver extension for Azure Cosmos DB Cassandra API for Java SDK.
Target availability: Q3 2019
Share data with other organisations using Azure Data Share, now in preview.
Network Watcher is available in South Africa North region.
Azure Application Insights is now generally available in South Africa North
General availability: Azure Log Analytics in SOUTH AFRICA NORTH, BRAZIL SOUTH, UK WEST and NORTH CENTRAL US
SOUTH AFRICA NORTH, BRAZIL SOUTH, UK WEST and NORTH CENTRAL US regions are now GA for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyse their services for health and usage by using Azure Log Analytics.
Azure Monitor for VMs is now available in East Australia and South East Australia. Around the world, it is available in nine public regions.
Target availability: Q4 2019
Enterprise BI systems need to support high user concurrency, which means there can be lots of queries submitted close to each other. We are pleased to announce that we are working on the query interleaving feature, which allows system configuration to improve the user experience in high-concurrency scenarios. Query interleaving allows configuration to improve the user experience in high-concurrency scenarios. Multiple queries can run concurrently so fast that queries are not blocked behind slow ones. Query interleaving can be set up with short query bias so if the system is under CPU pressure, short queries are allocated a higher proportion of CPU resources than long-running queries, allowing them to complete faster.
Azure SQL Database published the first-in-the-industry business continuity SLA for a relational database service
Azure SQL database service has updated its service-level agreement (SLA) offering guarantees for common disaster recovery metrics.
Announcing the general availability of the Ephemeral OS disk, which enables faster reimaging of your VMs to its original state as well as enabling you to create thousands of VMs at scale with Shared Image Gallery.