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As Azure continues to grow, we want to keep you informed—so that we can plan for the future together. This product roadmap is the place to find out what’s new and what’s coming next. Let us know what you think by providing feedback and voting on items. You can also subscribe to notifications, so you’ll always be the in the know.

Azure SQL Database supports auto-failover

Date updated: Monday, July 16, 2018

Auto-failover groups are now generally available for Azure SQL Database, supporting transparent geographic failover of multiple databases with automatic activation.

  • Now available
  • DBA
  • Developer

New purchasing model for Azure SQL Database

Date updated: Monday, July 16, 2018

The vCore-based purchasing model for Azure SQL Database Elastic pools and Single databases is now generally available. The purchasing model is in addition to the existing DTU-based model. Designed to give you flexibility, control, transparency and an easier way to compare to on-premises workloads, it allows you to scale compute, storage and IO independently based upon your workload needs.

  • Now available
  • Developer
  • ITDM

Azure SQL Database managed instance business-critical tier in preview

Date updated: Monday, July 16, 2018

The business-critical performance tier is now available to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. Designed for mission-critical business apps with high I/O requirements, business critical supports high availability with the highest level of storage and compute redundancy.

  • In preview
  • Developer
  • ITDM

Storage add-ons now generally available in Azure SQL Database

Date updated: Monday, July 16, 2018

Now generally available, storage add-ons allow the purchase of extra storage without having to increase DTUs or eDTUs.

  • Now available
  • SQL Database; Developer; ITDM

Long-term backup retention feature of Azure SQL Database now generally available

Date updated: Monday, July 16, 2018

The long-term backup retention feature is available in all Azure regions and provides greater flexibility in setting your retention policies and managing individual backups. Backups also now use read-access geo-redundant storage (RA-GRS) storage, which provides an even higher degree of protection for your data.

  • Now available
  • DBA
  • Developer

Zone redundant configuration for premium service tier of Azure SQL Database—GA

Date updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Announcing the general availability of zone redundant premium databases and elastic pools in select regions.

  • Now available
  • Developer
  • ITDM

Azure SQL Data Sync generally available

Date updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Azure SQL Data Sync provides unidirectional and bidirectional data synchronization capabilities between Azure SQL Database and SQL Server endpoints deployed anywhere in the world.

  • Now available
  • SQL Database; DBA; Developer

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Date updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is a new deployment option in Azure SQL Database that provides SQL Server compatibility and native virtual network support.

  • In preview
  • Database
  • SQL Database

Azure SQL Database information protection

Date updated: Friday, March 9, 2018

Now available in preview, SQL Information Protection introduces advanced capabilities built into Azure SQL Database for discovering, classifying, labeling, and protecting your sensitive data.

  • In preview
  • Database
  • SQL Database

Azure SQL Database security updates

Date updated: Monday, October 23, 2017

Azure SQL Database will introduce new security features in preview including Row-level Security, Dynamic Data Masking, and Transparent Data Encryption. Together, these will help customers further support organizational and industry compliance policies.

  • In preview
  • SQL Database

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