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    May 2019

    23 May

    GPU and HPC VM Price Promotion now available

    Announcing newly discounted promotional pricing for the NCv1, NVv1 and Hv1-series VM families.

    20 May

    Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure – Public Preview

    Generation 2 (UEFI Boot) Virtual Machines available in Azure for public preview

    18 May

    Azure Virtual Machines NVv2 meter name change

    Effective 1st July 2019, the meter names for Azure Virtual Machines NVv2 will change.

    13 May

    Azure Virtual Machine PowerOff now available with fast shutdown

    You can now quickly and forcefully power off (stop) your Azure VM with the new skipShutdown flag.

    9 May

    Corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services

    We have corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services that impacted EA customers only.

    6 May

    Azure Shared Image Gallery is now generally available

    Azure Shared Image Gallery makes it easier to manage, share and distribute custom virtual machine (VM) images in Azure. Shared Image Gallery is now generally available in all public cloud regions.

    6 May

    Announcing Ephemeral OS Disk in Public Preview

    We are happy to announce Ephemeral OS disk in Public Preview. Ephemeral OS disks work well for stateless workloads, where applications are tolerant of individual VM failures and are more concerned about the time it takes to deploy at scale or to reimage the individual VMs.

    6 May

    Azure VMware Solutions is now generally available

    Run your VMware workloads natively on Azure with Azure VMware Solutions. This new category of Azure services, now available to the public, allows you to deploy your VMware-based applications on a dedicated and bare metal infrastructure in Azure.

    6 May

    Azure Quickstart Center enables new customers to build cloud projects with confidence

    The Azure Quickstart Center within the Azure portal enables new customers to use the self-guided approach to build cloud projects and accelerate deployment with ease.

    6 May

    Azure Serial Console updated with VMSS support and improved language support

    You may now use the Serial Console feature to troubleshoot connectivity issues in both VMs and individual VMSS instances in a variety of languages.

    April 2019

    1 Apr

    B-series update: B1ls is now available

    The new B1ls Azure virtual machine, which has the smallest memory and lowest cost among Azure VM instances, is now available.

    March 2019

    18 Mar

    Azure Backup SQL Servers running in Azure Virtual Machines is now generally available

    Target availability: Q1 2019

    Learn about this pay-as-you-go service which uses native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.

    6 Mar

    M-series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in the China North 2 region

    Azure M-series VMs are now available in the China North 2 region. M-series VMs offer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 3.8 TiB (4 TB) RAM and are certified for SAP HANA.

    6 Mar

    Threat intelligence-based filtering for Azure Firewall is now available in preview

    Threat intelligence-based filtering for Azure Firewall is now available in preview. The addition of the Threat Intelligence feed to the filtering capabilities expands both the options to alert and deny traffic from or to known malicious IP addresses and domains.

    February 2019

    11 Feb

    Feature update: Serial console for Azure Virtual Machines

    Target availability: Q1 2019

    The serial console for Azure Virtual Machines has been updated to add VM reboot and additional fonts to choose from.

    7 Feb

    New Lsv2 Azure virtual machines (VMs) for big data, databases and data warehousing are now generally available

    New Lsv2 Azure virtual machines, which have been optimised for high-throughput and high-IOPS workloads, are now generally available.

    7 Feb

    M-series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in Australia Central 2 region

    Azure M-series VMs are now available in the Australia Central 2 region. M-series VMs offer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 3.8 TiB (4 TB) RAM and are certified for SAP HANA.

    5 Feb

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