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November 2019

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
  • Compliance
  • Services
  • Features
  • Regions & Datacenters
9 Sep

Monthly payment options are now available for Azure reservations

NOW AVAILABLE

Lower your upfront payment by selecting monthly payment options—at no additional cost—when purchasing Azure reservations.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Management
  • Pricing & Offerings
4 Sep

Azure SQL Database—Instance pools are now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Instance pools is a new managed instance option that provides a convenient and cost-effective way to migrate smaller instances to the cloud at scale, reducing or eliminating the extra work of consolidating less compute-intensive workloads.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features

August 2019

21 Aug

Azure SQL provides a unified management experience

IN PREVIEW

Azure SQL is a modern SQL platform that serves developers and enterprises by offering a rich selection of deployment options, powered by an industry leading SQL Server engine.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
21 Aug

SQL data discovery and classification for Azure SQL Database is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

SQL data discovery and classification, which provides advanced capabilities built into Azure SQL Database for discovering, classifying, labeling, and protecting sensitive data, is now available.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
15 Aug

Update to Azure SQL Database serverless increases compute scale limits by 4x

NOW AVAILABLE

We are now announcing the max vcore limit has increased by 4x to 16 vcores and provides greater compute scaling headroom for serverless databases with more demanding workloads.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features

July 2019

31 Jul

Managed Instance enhances security with network traffic containment within Azure cloud

NOW AVAILABLE

The network traffic of Azure SQL Database managed instance is now contained within Azure cloud by default. This update enhances the security and prevents exfiltration of data via Internet.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
24 Jul

SQL Server CTP 3.2 big data cluster is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Big data clusters, one of the hero features for SQL Server 2019, is now available in preview. It combines SQL Server with Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System for a unified data platform that enables analytics and AI over all data, relational and non-relational.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
16 Jul

Introducing UTF-8 support for Azure SQL Database

IN PREVIEW

Support for the widely used UTF-8 character encoding is now available as preview in Azure SQL Database, as a database-level or column-level default encoding for Unicode string data.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
  • Regions & Datacenters
11 Jul

Azure SQL Database published the first in the industry business continuity SLA for a relational database service

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure SQL database service has updated its service level agreement (SLA) offering guarantees for common disaster recovery metrics.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Services
  • Pricing & Offerings
9 Jul

Update to Azure SQL Database serverless provides even greater price optimisation

NOW AVAILABLE

The minimum configurable auto-pause delay has decreased to 1 hour providing even greater price optimisation opportunities for serverless databases.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
1 Jul

Azure Cosmos DB ExpressRoute BGP Community now available

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.

  • Azure ExpressRoute
  • Storage Accounts
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features

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