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May 2019

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.

  • Managed Disks
  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets

April 2019

22 Apr

Azure Batch updates now available


Here are the latest new or enhanced capabilities for Azure Batch, available now.

  • Batch
10 Apr

Azure Data Box Disk now available in Japan and Korea


Announcing availability of Data Box Disk in Japan and Korea

  • Data Box Disk
  • Data Box
2 Apr

Azure portal April 2019 update


The Azure portal has been updated in the areas of IaaS, Azure Data Explorer, Security Center, Azure Site Recovery, RBAC, support and more.

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.

  • Virtual Machines

March 2019

29 Mar

Azure File volume disk plugin is currently in preview


Azure File volume disk is currently in preview. Using Azure Files for remote state storage for containers. For more details see

  • Service Fabric
27 Mar

Greater storage capacity and performance with new Azure Disks SKU


New Azure managed disks SKUs for Premium SSDs, Standard SSDs and Standard HDDs will reach up to 32TiB (32,767 GB). Performance will now reach up to 20,000 IOPS and 900 MBps on Premium SSD Disks

5 Mar

Protect on-premises VMs by directly replicating to managed disks in Azure


Azure Site Recovery supports disaster recovery of VMware virtual machines and physical machines by directly replicating to managed disks.

  • Azure Site Recovery

February 2019

12 Feb

Storage Standard SSD Managed Disks name changes

Effective 1st March 2019, the names for Storage Standard SSD Managed Disks in Germany will change.

5 Feb

Ev3 and ESv3 series VMs are available in Azure HDInsight

Ev3 and ESv3 series VMs are available in Azure HDInsight.

  • HDInsight

January 2019

30 Jan

Azure Site Recovery: Azure VM disaster recovery updates


In Azure Site Recovery, we have added several features for VM disaster recovery.

  • Azure Site Recovery
9 Jan

General availability: Azure Data Box Disk


Azure Data Box Disk is now generally available in the US, EU, Canada and Australia.

  • Data Box
  • Import/Export

December 2018

4 Dec

Deploy Service Fabric Ubuntu clusters on-premise using Bosh


Using Bosh as the deployment mechanism provides a way to define the deployment, monitor the cluster and auto-heal the infrastructure.

  • Service Fabric

November 2018

21 Nov

Azure Site Recovery supports firewall-enabled storage accounts

Azure Site Recovery now supports firewall-enabled storage accounts.

14 Nov

New H-series Azure VMs for HPC workloads are in preview


Two new H-series (HB and HC) Azure Virtual Machines for High-Performance Computing (HPC) workloads now in preview.

  • Virtual Machines
1 Nov

Azure Stack support for Azure Backup


Azure Stack operators can now backup and recover guest OS, data disks and volumes using Azure Backup.

  • Azure Stack

October 2018

24 Oct

Simplified restore experience for Azure virtual machines


Azure Backup now offers an improved restore experience for Azure virtual machines by taking advantage of Resource Manager templates and managed disks.

17 Oct

Azure AD DS now supports Azure managed disks


Azure AD DS managed domains gain greater availability and resilience with support for Azure managed disks.

  • Azure Active Directory Domain Services
  • Managed Disks
  • Security
3 Oct

Azure Backup now supports Standard SSD Managed Disks


Target availability: Q4 2018

Azure Backup supports Standard SSD Managed Disks, a new type of durable storage for Azure virtual machines.

  • Azure Backup
2 Oct

Disaster recovery for Azure Disk Encryption–enabled virtual machines


You can replicate virtual machines, enabled for encryption through the Azure Active Directory app, from one Azure region to another region.

  • Azure Site Recovery
  • Virtual Machines

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