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    August 2019

    21 Aug

    Azure SQL provides a unified management experience

    Azure SQL is a modern SQL platform that serves developers and enterprises by offering a rich selection of deployment options, powered by an industry-leading SQL Server engine.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    21 Aug

    SQL Data Discovery and Classification for Azure SQL Database is now available

    SQL Data Discovery and Classification, which provides advanced capabilities built into Azure SQL Database for discovering, classifying, labelling and protecting sensitive data, is now available.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    15 Aug

    Update to Azure SQL Database serverless increases compute scale limits by 4x

    We are now announcing the max vcore limit has increased by 4x to 16 vcores and provides greater compute scaling headroom for serverless databases with more demanding workloads.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    July 2019

    31 Jul

    Managed Instance enhances security with network traffic containment within Azure cloud

    The network traffic of Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is now contained within Azure cloud by default. This update enhances the security and prevents exfiltration of data via Internet.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Managed Instance
    • Features
    24 Jul

    SQL Server CTP 3.2 big data cluster is now in preview

    Big data clusters, one of the hero features for SQL Server 2019, is now available in preview. It combines SQL Server with Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System for a unified data platform that enables analytics and AI over all data, relational and non-relational.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    16 Jul

    Introducing UTF-8 support for Azure SQL Database

    Support for the widely used UTF-8 character encoding is now available as preview in Azure SQL Database, as a database-level or column-level default encoding for Unicode string data.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Regions & Datacenters
    11 Jul

    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.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    9 Jul

    Update to Azure SQL Database serverless provides even greater price optimisation

    The minimum configurable auto-pause delay has decreased to 1 hour, providing even greater price optimisation opportunities for serverless databases.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    1 Jul

    Azure Cosmos DB ExpressRoute BGP Community now available

    We are now announcing the addition of the Azure Cosmos DB community on ExpressRoute, which will allow for regional advertising of Azure Cosmos DB.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Storage Accounts
    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    June 2019

    26 Jun

    New Active geo-replication optimisation is coming to production soon in Azure SQL DB

    Target availability: Q3 2019

    New Active geo-replication optimisation is coming to production in Azure SQL DB

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Services
    26 Jun

    New Managed Instance Contributor role enhances security of Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance now introduces new Azure RBAC role Managed Instance Contributor designed with a minimum set of permissions required to provision and operate managed instance.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Managed Instance
    • Features
    • Management
    24 Jun

    Public endpoint for data traffic is globally available for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    Public endpoint enabling data traffic from the Internet and outside the virtual network is now globally available for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. This capability unlocks new enterprise integration scenarios between Managed Instance and other information systems such as multi-tenant Azure services Power BI, Azure App service, CRM, DWH and numerous other services on the Internet.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Managed Instance
    • Features
    24 Jun

    Enhanced management capabilities to release unused subnets and create databases available for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance now offers new management capabilities: Immediate release of network subnet upon deletion of the last Managed Instance residing in it, and new options to create instance databases through Azure Portal, API and PowerShell.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Managed Instance
    • Features
    14 Jun

    Default backup retention period for DTU-based Azure SQL databases is changing soon

    Target availability: Q3 2019

    The default retention period for DTU-based Azure SQL databases is changing to 7 days

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Services
    12 Jun

    Azure SQL Database default configuration changing soon

    Target availability: Q2 2019

    With the latest Gen 5 hardware in place, we are making a change to the default configuration for all new Azure SQL databases and elastic pools.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Services
    12 Jun

    Dev/test pricing option for individual Visual Studio subscribers is now available for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    Dev/test pricing option for individual Visual Studio subscribers is now available for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    12 Jun

    General availability: 4 vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instances on Gen5 hardware

    Four vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instances are now available on Gen5 hardware for the General Purpose and Business Critical Service tiers.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    12 Jun

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance now supports larger regional resource limitations

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance has increased both types of regional limits – the maximum number of subnets and maximum number of instances that could be deployed per region, allowing much larger managed instance deployments without the need to request quota increase through Azure support tickets.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    May 2019

    24 May

    General availability: Zone-redundant SQL databases and elastic pools are now generally available in three additional regions

    Target availability: Q2 2019

    Zone-redundant SQL databases and elastic pools are now generally available in these additional regions: UK South, East US and East US 2.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    22 May

    General availability: Time zone choice for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    Time zone choice for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance eliminating need for any changes in the existing applications when migrating to cloud is now generally available.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

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