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December 2019

18 Dec

Azure SQL Database managed instance meter PITRs name changes

Effective 1st February 2020, the meter names of Azure SQL Database managed instance point-in-time restore (PITR) backup will change.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Services
18 Dec

Azure SQL Database Gen 4 hardware approaching end of life in 2020

Target retirement date: December 18, 2019

Azure SQL Database is beginning the decommissioning process of Gen 4 Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell)-based CPUs and is transitioning to Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz and Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors for all new deployments.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Services
  • Retirements
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
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Services
  • Management

November 2019

27 Nov

Azure SQL Database—Extensions for index resumable online operations

NOW AVAILABLE

Now in general availability, a new configuration option, PAUSED_RESUMABLE_INDEX_ABORT_DURATION_MINUTES, has been added to ALTER DATABASE SCOPED CONFIGURATION (Transact-SQL) for resumable online index operations.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
27 Nov

Azure Active Directory server principals (logins) for SQL managed instance

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) server principals (also known as Azure AD logins) for managed instance are now in general availability.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
25 Nov

New Azure SQL Database backup storage metrics are now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

New metrics are now available to monitor Azure SQL Database backup storage consumption.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Services
  • Features
13 Nov

Migrate SQL Server databases for Windows users to SQL managed instance

IN PREVIEW

Support is now available in preview for T-SQL Data Definition Language (DDL) for Windows users and groups migrating from SQL Server databases to SQL managed instance with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
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 1st 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
  • Pricing & Offerings
  • Management
5 Nov

Transparent data encryption with customer-managed keys for Azure SQL Database managed instance is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Transparent data encryption (TDE) with customer-managed keys for Azure SQL Database managed instance is now generally available.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Security
  • Features
  • Compliance
5 Nov

Azure Private Link is now available in all regions

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Private Link, which provides private connectivity to Azure services, is now available in all regions.

  • Azure Private Link
  • Virtual Network
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Storage Accounts
  • Azure Data Lake Storage
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Security
  • Regions & Datacenters
4 Nov

New memory and compute optimised hardware options in Azure SQL Database

IN PREVIEW

Now in preview, M-series and Fsv2-series are new hardware options in Azure SQL Database specialised for workloads requiring very high compute or memory scale or very fast CPU speed.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
4 Nov

UTF-8 support for Azure SQL Database is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

UTF-8 support is now generally available for Azure SQL Database, allowing more options to companies extending their businesses to a global scale, where the requirements of providing global multilingual database applications and services is critical to meet customer demands and specific market regulations.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
4 Nov

New PowerApps and Azure SQL Database integration experience in Azure portal

IN PREVIEW

Now in preview, the Azure SQL Database experience in the Azure portal offers an entry point to create an app with PowerApps that is automatically connected to a table in a given database. Quickly create low-code, robust user experiences for any device using data from your SQL Database tables.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
4 Nov

New Stream Analytics and Azure SQL Database integration experience in Azure portal

IN PREVIEW

Stream real-time data into a SQL Database table directly from the Azure portal using Azure Stream Analytics (now in preview).

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
4 Nov

Azure SQL Database serverless is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure SQL Database serverless is a new compute tier that optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage. Serverless automatically scales compute for single databases based on workload demand and bills for compute used per second.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
4 Nov

SQL Server 2019 is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Microsoft SQL Server 2019 is now generally available for purchase.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Services

October 2019

3 Oct

Azure Data Share—Support for sharing data from Azure SQL and SQL Data Warehouse

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Share service has added support for snapshot-based sharing from Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse. It is now possible to share both structured data (from Azure SQL and SQL DW) and unstructured data (from Azure Data Lake Store and Blob storage) with centralised management and governance.

  • Azure Data Share
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
2 Oct

Private Link for Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Private Link enables you to connect to Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse via a private endpoint.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features

September 2019

18 Sep

Auto-failover for managed instances in Azure SQL Database is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Now generally available, auto-failover groups enable business continuity after a catastrophic failure or other unplanned event by creating and managing a geographically redundant copy of a managed instance.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
16 Sep

Azure Private Link is now available in preview

IN PREVIEW

Target availability: Q3 2019

Connect to services in your Azure virtual networks more securely and privately with Azure Private Link, now available in preview.

  • Virtual Network
  • Storage Accounts
  • Azure Data Lake Storage
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Security
  • Services
  • Features
  • Regions & Datacenters
  • Compliance

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