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The Azure portal received updates in October 2018.
You can create and manage premium blob storage accounts from the Azure portal. This preview is available in the US East 2, US Central and US West regions.
Virtual network service endpoint policies for Azure Storage are now in preview.
New Azure Managed Disks SKUs for premium SSDs, standard SSDs and standard HDDs will reach up to 32 TiB (32,767 GB). Performance will now reach up to 20,000 IOPS and 750 MBps.
Data Box Disk is now available in Australia and Canada.
Today we are excited to announce the public preview of static website hosting for Azure Storage
Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 offers a no-compromise data lake. It unifies the core capabilities from the first generation of Azure Data Lake with a Hadoop compatible file system endpoint now directly integrated into Azure Blob Storage. This enhancement combines the scale and cost benefits of object storage with the reliability and performance typically associated only with on-premises file systems. This new file system includes a full hierarchical namespace that makes files and folders first class citizens, translating to faster, more reliable analytic job execution.
PolyBase in SQL Data Warehouse, the preferred loading mechanism, can transparently read data from the encrypted storage layer and move the data in a secure way by using the WASBS protocol.
Azure Standard SSDs are a cost-effective Managed Disk solution optimized for dev-test and entry-level production applications requiring consistent latency.
Soft delete for Azure Storage is available in all regions for public, government, and sovereign clouds.
If you want to take your current deployment of Azure File Sync seamlessly to the upcoming GA release, be sure to update your server agent to Refresh 2.
Effective July 1, 2018, Premium Managed Disks customers will be migrated to new GUIDs.
Starting June 1, 2018, we will migrate the GUIDs of zone-redundant snapshots and images for managed disks from Locally Redundant Storage GUIDs to Zone Redundant Storage GUIDs.
Azure zone-redundant snapshots and images for Managed Disks are now generally available.
Simplify development of highly available applications by storing three replicas of your data in different Availability Zones with zone-redundant storage.
Soft delete for Azure Storage Blobs is in public preview. The feature is one part of a complete data protection strategy and can help prevent inadvertent data loss.
You can back up file shares automatically based on policy and restore instantly to a point in time by using the Azure portal.
"Virtual Network Service Endpoints" and "Firewalls and Virtual Networks for Azure Storage" are generally available in all regions in the Azure public cloud and Azure Government.
As of December 6, 2017, consumption for Managed Disks and consumption for Blob storage are measured using separate GUIDs.
Effective December 1, 2017, billing service names for Azure Queue storage will change.
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