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    July 2019

    19 Jul

    Introducing promotional pricing for the Basic Linux App Service Plan

    We’re excited to introduce a promotional price on the Basic app service plan for Linux, which depending on regional meters in your datacenter of choice, leads to a 66 percent price drop! In addition, we are also now offering a free App Service Plan for Linux, making starting out on App Service easier than ever!

    15 Jul

    New 48vCPUs Azure Virtual Machine sizes are now available

    New 48vCPUs sizes for the Dv3, Dsv3, Ev3, Esv3, Fsv2 and Lsv2 Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) are now available so you can better match your workload requirements.

    15 Jul

    Azure FXT Edge Filer now available

    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.

    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.

    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

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    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.

    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.

    May 2019

    23 May

    GPU and HPC VM Price Promotion now available

    Announcing newly discounted promotional pricing for the NCv1, NVv1 and Hv1-series VM families.

    20 May

    Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure - Public Preview

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

    15 May

    Reserved instance pricing in the Dev/Test offer

    Reserved instances discounts are now available for VMs and Azure SQL Database instances created in your Dev/Test offer subscriptions.

    8 May

    Azure Red Hat OpenShift now available

    Azure Red Hat OpenShift, a fully managed Red Hat OpenShift service, jointly operated with Red Hat is now available.

    April 2019

    19 Apr

    Azure reservations: New experience and APIs for purchasing reservations

    Azure reservation updates include new purchase experience and APIs.

    19 Apr

    Reserved Capacity Pricing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now generally available

    Starting today, you can now use the Azure SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity pricing to reserve compute power for existing and future clusters. This option provides you with savings of up to 65% cDWU capacity.

    11 Apr

    Price reductions for Azure Container Instances are now available

    Azure Container Instances overall price reductions of anywhere between 35% and 50% depending on region and usage pattern.

    2 Apr

    Azure Search – New storage-optimised service tiers are now in preview

    The new L-series tiers offer significantly more storage at a reduced cost per terabyte compared to the standard tiers. This is ideal for internal applications searching over large file repositories, archival scenarios when you have business data going back many years or e-discovery applications.

    2 Apr

    Reduced pricing for Azure AD B2C

    The Azure AD B2C service will no longer charge for “Stored Users” from 1 April 2019, to lower the cost of managing consumer identities.

    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.