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Effective 1 February 2020 , the pricing promotion for the Azure Australia Central regions will end and all services in Australia Central and Australia Central 2 will be price-matched to Australia East.
Azure Data Box Disk is now available in the East Asia (Hong Kong) region. This is in addition to the other Azure regions where Data Box Disk is already available—US, EU, Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Azure Government (US).
Effective 1st January, 2020, the meter names of Azure Stack and Data Box Edge will change.
Azure Disk Encryption enables you to encrypt your Azure Virtual Machine disks with your keys safeguarded in Azure Key Vault.
Customer Lockbox provides customers the capability to control Azure support engineers' access to workloads that contain customer data This expanded support now provides customers control over access to their data for a larger set of Azure offerings.
Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialized images in preview. This feature enables you to create specialised image versions using multiple snapshots (OS disk and data disks).
Target availability: Q4 2019
The accelerated writes feature in the HDInsight HBase cluster attaches a Premium SSD managed disk to every region server (worker node). Write ahead logs are configured to be written to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) mounted on premium managed disks instead of standard Azure page blobs. Premium managed disks are SSD-based and offer excellent I/O performance with fault tolerance. Using premium managed disks for WALs allows us to separate write ahead log storage from Apache HBase data storage.
With this update, Site Recovery now cleans up the deallocated (failed back) VMs and NICs. In addition, if you disable replication after failback, Site Recovery cleans up the disks in the secondary region, in addition to the VMs and NICs.
Generation 2 VMs are now generally available in Azure. New available features include Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX), support for large VMs (up to 12 TBs) and the ability to provision OS Disks sizes that exceed 2 TBs.
New Azure Dav4-series and Eav4-series virtual machines (VMs) based on AMD EPYC™ are now available. They are ideal for general purpose and memory intensive workloads.
We are announcing enhancements to enable support for all MPI implementations and versions and RDMA verbs for InfiniBand-equipped virtual machines, beginning with NCv3 coming in early November 2019.
Azure Backup support for larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disks of up to 32 TB is now generally available. No user action is required to get the backups running for the large sized disks, if the virtual machine is already configured with Azure Backup.
Self-installations of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines can now benefit from performance-optimized storage configurations when they register with Resource Provider.
Starting 1st November 2019, the meter IDs for snapshots of Azure Premium SSD managed disks will change.
Announcing the public preview support for larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disks of up to 30 TB size.
Effective October 1, 2019 the meter (also known as resource GUID) names for Ultra Disks in US East 2 regions will change.
You can now protect large data disks of up to 8 TB in size with Azure Site Recovery.
Microsoft Azure Ultra Disks is the new managed disks offering which is now generally available for running data intensive business critical workloads on cloud requiring high IO performance and low latency
Today, we are announcing the limited public preview of larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disks of up to 30 TiB size. This preview provides production level support for managed virtual machines.
Azure Site Recovery now supports disaster recovery for Azure Disk Encryption-enabled virtual machines without Azure Active Directory app.
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