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November 2019

20 Nov

Azure Stack and Azure Data Box Edge meter name changes

Effective 1 January 2020, the meter names of Azure Stack and Data Box Edge will change.

  • Azure Stack
  • Azure Stack Edge
14 Nov

Azure Disk Encryption in more places, and more services offering customer-managed keys

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Disk Encryption enables you to encrypt your Azure Virtual Machine disks with your keys safeguarded in Azure Key Vault.

  • Security Center
  • Security
14 Nov

Extension of Customer Lockbox for Microsoft Azure beyond virtual machines

IN PREVIEW

Customer Lockbox provides customers with the capability to control Azure support engineers’ access to workloads that contain customer data. This expanded support now provides customers control over access to their data for a larger set of Azure offerings.

  • Security Center
  • Security
6 Nov

Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialised images in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialised images in preview. This feature enables you to create specialised image versions using multiple snapshots (OS disk and data disks).

  • Virtual Machines
6 Nov

HDInsight HBase Accelerated Writes is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

The accelerated writes feature in the HDInsight HBase cluster attaches a Premium SSD managed disk to every region server (worker node). Write-ahead logs are configured to be written to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) mounted on premium managed disks instead of standard Azure page blobs. Premium managed disks are SSD-based and offer excellent I/O performance with fault tolerance. Using premium managed disks for WALs allows us to separate write ahead log storage from Apache HBase data storage.

  • HDInsight
5 Nov

Azure Site Recovery now cleans up deallocated (failed back) VMs and NICs

With this update, Site Recovery now cleans up the deallocated (failed back) VMs and NICs. In addition, if you disable replication after failback, Site Recovery cleans up the disks in the secondary region, in addition to the VMs and NICs.

  • Azure Site Recovery
4 Nov

Azure generation 2 virtual machines (VMs) are now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Generation 2 VMs are now generally available in Azure. New available features include Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX), support for large VMs (up to 12 TB) and the ability to provision OS Disk sizes that exceed 2 TB.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
4 Nov

New Azure Dav4-series and Eav4-series virtual machines are now available.

NOW AVAILABLE

New Azure Dav4-series and Eav4-series virtual machines (VMs) based on AMD EPYC™ are now available. They are ideal for general purpose and memory-intensive workloads.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets

October 2019

17 Oct

SR-IOV availability on NCv3 Virtual Machines SKU

NOW AVAILABLE

We are announcing enhancements to enable support for all MPI implementations and versions, and RDMA verbs for InfiniBand-equipped virtual machines, beginning with NCv3 coming in early November 2019.

  • Virtual Machines
17 Oct

Azure Backup support for large disks up to 32 TB is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Backup support for larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disks of up to 32 TB is now generally available. No user action is required to get the backups running for the large sized disks, if the virtual machine is already configured with Azure Backup.

  • Azure Backup
16 Oct

Performance-optimised storage configuration for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

NOW AVAILABLE

Self-installations of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines can now benefit from performance-optimised storage configurations when they register with Resource Provider.

  • Virtual Machines

September 2019

20 Sep

Azure Premium SSD managed disks meter ID changes

Starting on 1 November 2019, the meter IDs for snapshots of Azure Premium SSD managed disks will change.

  • Managed Disks
12 Sep

Azure Backup support for large disks up to 30 TB is now in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Announcing the public preview support for larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disks of up to 30 TB size.

  • Azure Backup

August 2019

23 Aug

Storage Ultra Disks meter name change

Effective as of 1 October 2019, the meter (also known as resource GUID) names for Ultra Disks in US East 2 regions will change.

  • Managed Disks
21 Aug

Help protect large data disks Azure Site Recovery

NOW AVAILABLE

Protect large data disks of up to 8 TB in size with Azure Site Recovery.

  • Azure Site Recovery
15 Aug

Microsoft Azure Ultra Disks now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Microsoft Azure Ultra Disks is the new managed disks offering which is now generally available for running data-intensive business critical workloads on cloud requiring high IO performance and low latency

  • Managed Disks
13 Aug

Announcing Azure Backup limited public preview support for large disks up to 30 TB size

IN PREVIEW

Today, we are announcing the limited public preview of larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disks of up to 30 TiB size. This preview provides production-level support for managed virtual machines.

  • Azure Backup
9 Aug

Disaster recovery of Azure Disk Encryption-enabled virtual machines

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Site Recovery now supports disaster recovery for Azure Disk Encryption-enabled virtual machines without Azure Active Directory app.

  • Azure Site Recovery
8 Aug

New AMD-based Azure VMs for general purpose and memory intensive workloads in preview

IN PREVIEW

New AMD-based Azure Dav3 and Eav3-series virtual machines – ideal for general purpose and memory intensive workloads – are now in Preview.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets

July 2019

30 Jul

GPU Optimised Visualisation VMs now available in South Central US, West US, West Europe and North Europe Azure Regions

NOW AVAILABLE

NVv3-Series VMs are now available in South Central US, West US, West Europe and North Europe Azure regions.

  • Virtual Machines

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