Monthly updates for May 2016
Customers can no longer create gallery applications in the Azure classic portal, but they can create these applications in the Azure portal and take advantage of the features there.
New generation of D-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Cloud Services in Japan West
The new generation of D-Series instances is available in Japan West. These Dv2 instances offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster than the current D-Series.
With the release of Azure Backup on the Azure portal, customers can seamlessly back up virtual machines under the newly introduced recovery services vault.
Automation supports weekly and monthly schedules. With these recurrence options, you can select days of the week or days of the month for your schedule to run on.
As part of the App Service Certificate offering, we support Web Apps certificate deployment through Azure Key Vault.
Azure DevTest Labs, your self-service sandbox environment in Azure to quickly create dev/test environments while minimizing waste and controlling costs, has entered general availability.
Azure API Management is live in the Canada East and Canada Central regions. API Management can now be deployed to 20 regions around the world!
When you create an alert rule on an Azure virtual machine, you can run your own custom task when the alert is triggered. New alert remediation tasks are also available.
The Azure Redis Cache team is pleased to announce two new features: import/export data and scale to the Premium tier.
Notification Hubs recently enabled namespace-level tiers so that customers can allocate resources tailored to each namespace’s expected traffic and usage patterns.
We published a tutorial that explains how to deliver location-based push notifications by using Azure Notification Hubs and Bing Spatial Data, leveraged from within a Universal Windows Platform application.
Azure Automation introduces a new graphical runbook type based on native PowerShell. It provides quick runbook starts and easier authoring.
The Azure Automation Runbook Gallery supports script content from the PowerShell Gallery.
Azure Site Recovery, a component of Microsoft Operations Management Suite, is generally available in the new Azure experience, with support for Resource Manager and CSP.
Azure Azure Cosmos DB supports provisioning Cosmos DB accounts in the North Central US region.
Several features have been added to Azure SQL Data Warehouse in our most recent update.
Azure Scheduler is available in the Canada East and Canada Central regions.
You can view, add, and delete management locks for resources in the portal.
Azure Data Lake updates are available and provide basic improvements across the board.
Azure SQL Database elastic pools are ideally suited for SaaS and line-of-business applications that need the performance, availability, and security isolation benefits of provisioning one database for each tenant or application.