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December 2019

4 Dec

Easily monitor backup storage costs for Azure SQL databases and elastic pools

NOW AVAILABLE

Easily monitor backup storage costs for your single databases and elastic pools directly from the Azure portal.

  • Azure SQL Database
3 Dec

Azure Cost Management updates – November 2019

New updates to Azure Cost Management help you manage costs for cloud solution provider (CSP) subscriptions, build better dashboards by customising tile names, save money with Azure reservations for 16 different services, along with additional enhancements.

  • Cost Management + Billing

November 2019

19 Nov

Understand Kubernetes cluster health with Azure Monitor for containers

IN PREVIEW

Azure Monitor for containers can now monitor and report the health status of Kubernetes cluster infrastructure components and all nodes running on any Kubernetes cluster.

  • Azure Monitor
19 Nov

Monitor Azure Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes clusters with Azure Monitor for containers

IN PREVIEW

We are now supporting in public preview monitoring for Azure Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes clusters in Azure Monitor for containers.

  • Azure Monitor
6 Nov

Azure Shared Image Gallery now available in Azure Government and Azure China

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Shared Image Gallery is now generally available in Azure Government and Azure China cloud regions.

  • Virtual Machines
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
5 Nov

Azure SQL Database – Billing for managed instance backup storage is now in effect

NOW AVAILABLE

Managed instance backup storage billing went into effect on 1 November 2019. Backup storage is free of charge up to sizes equal to the size of the provisioned storage, while any additional GB is charged at a fixed amount depending on region.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Managed Instance
4 Nov

Updates to Azure Cost Management – October 2019

NOW AVAILABLE

New updates to Azure Cost Management help you better understand what you’re spending, where you’re spending it and how to optimise and plan for the future.

  • Cost Management + Billing
4 Nov

Azure Arc for Servers in Public Preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Arc is a set of technologies that unlocks new hybrid scenarios for customers by bringing Azure services and management to any infrastructure.

  • Azure Arc
4 Nov

Introducing the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure

NOW AVAILABLE

The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure is proven guidance to accelerate your cloud adoption journey. It’s a collection of tools, guidance and best practices to help you shape your cloud strategy and achieve your desired business goals.

  • Azure DevOps
  • Azure DevOps Projects
  • Azure Monitor
  • Azure Resource Manager
  • Azure Blueprints
  • Azure Management Groups
  • Azure Policy
  • Cost Management + Billing
  • Azure Database Migration Service
  • Azure Migrate
  • Security Center
  • Azure Advisor
  • Azure Service Health
  • Security

October 2019

23 Oct

Azure Service Fabric 6.5 fifth refresh release

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Service Fabric 6.5 fifth refresh release includes bug fixes and performance enhancements.

16 Oct

Variable retention for Azure Monitor Application Insights is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

Variable data retention for Azure Monitor Application Insights is now generally available.

  • Azure Monitor
16 Oct

Azure Advisor cost recommendation enhancements

NOW AVAILABLE

Advisor has made enhancements to its popular cost recommendation to resize or shut down under-utilised virtual machines. Although certain scenarios result in low utilisation by design, you can often save money by managing the size and number of your virtual machines.

  • Azure Advisor
16 Oct

Azure Monitor updates – Containers for China regions, Grafana dashboard template, Agent

Updates on Azure Monitor for containers for China Region, Grafana dashboard template and Agent.

  • Azure Monitor
  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
16 Oct

Azure Monitor for containers is now available in Azure US Government region

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Monitor for containers is now generally available in the Azure US Government region.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Azure Monitor
15 Oct

Service-aided subnet configuration for managed instance in Azure SQL Database is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Managed instance, a deployment capability of Azure SQL Database, is transitioning from a manual to service-aided subnet configuration, now in preview.

8 Oct

Azure Monitor Log Analytics retention is now configurable by data type

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

Data retention in Azure Monitor Log Analytics can now be configured for each data type, rather than only a single retention setting for the entire workspace.

8 Oct

Updates to Azure Cost Management – September 2019

NOW AVAILABLE

Updates to Azure Cost Management include a new invoice details view, automated reporting across subscriptions and ability to share charts outside the Azure portal.

1 Oct

Recovery Services REST API – Switch to API version 2019-05-13 or above

If you’re directly accessing the backup-protected items REST API (not involving Azure portal, PS or CLI), please immediately switch to API version 2019-05-13 or above.

  • Recovery Services
  • Azure Backup

September 2019

25 Sep

Azure Cosmos DB recommendations keep you on the right track

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Cosmos DB gets updated frequently, so to make it easier to stay up to date, we’ve introduced automatic and tailored recommendations for all Azure Cosmos DB users.

  • Azure Cosmos DB

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