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    July 2019

    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.

    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.

    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 advertisements of Azure Cosmos DB.

    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

    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.

    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 are multi-tenant Azure services Power BI, Azure App service, CRM, DWH and numerous other services on the Internet.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    6 May

    Azure SQL Database serverless compute tier is now in preview

    Azure SQL Database serverless is a new compute tier that optimizes price performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage.

    6 May

    Azure SQL Database managed instance SKU recommendation for Data Migration Assistant is now available

    Expand the scope of on-premises SQL Server assessments to migrate legacy SQL Server instances to Azure SQL Database managed instances with the new Azure SQL Database SKU recommendation functionality, which is now generally available.

    6 May

    Azure SQL Database Hyperscale support for single databases is now available

    The new Hyperscale service tier for Azure SQL Database is highly scalable, enabling a database to grow as needed with support for up to 100TB.

    April 2019

    10 Apr

    Public Preview: Time zone choice for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance now brings even more compatibility by offering a choice of time zone to eliminate need for any changes in the existing applications when migrating to cloud.

    March 2019

    29 Mar

    General availability: Read scale-out support for Azure SQL Database

    Azure SQL Database's read scale-out support in the Premium and Business Critical service tiers are now generally available.

    February 2019

    26 Feb

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