Azure Mobile Apps 2.0.0 Node.js SDK is now generally available.
PHP has been updated to patch a security vulnerability in OpenSSL.
Gain insights into the performance of your Azure SQL Database queries with Query Performance Insight.
Azure HDInsight is now available on Dv2-Series instances, which offer CPUs that run up to 35 percent faster than the current D-Series.
Visual Studio Online Professional plans weren’t automatically converted to the new Visual Studio Professional monthly subscription on February 1, 2016.
Azure Premium Storage is now available in the Australia Southeast and East Asia regions.
Microsoft Azure IoT Hub provides a secure way to connect, provision, monitor, update, and send commands to devices, which allows you to control millions of Internet of Things assets running on a broad set of operating systems and protocols.
There is now native support for triggering via WebHooks, including the ability for you to define a synchronous response to the trigger.
Azure Automation has released updated versions of the Azure ARM modules in the service.
The Azure Automation module gallery provides the ability to import modules from the PowerShell Gallery without leaving your Automation account.
U.S. public sector customers can now use Azure Site Recovery to protect their critical applications.
Use Audit, Alert event, and Health probe logs to manage and troubleshoot Azure Load Balancer.
Version 1.0.1-preview of the Azure Search .NET SDK is now available.
New programmability features that are implemented in SQL Server 2016 are also available in Azure SQL Database.
Learn about the differences you may encounter when you set up a deployment from source control in the Azure portal.
Updates on the Azure support portal include: Node.JS parser, AutoHeal UX for Execution Delay settings, and crash diagnostics.
Now you can clone an existing web app to a newly created app in a different region or in the same region.
The Microsoft Azure Automation Graphical Authoring SDK enables developers to create and edit graphical runbooks for use with the Azure Automation service.
Azure Batch Service has added MPI and offline node support.
Take control over the process of breaking your documents into searchable terms.
Enable traffic analytics in Azure Search to gain visibility into your search service and learn about your users.
You can transfer a subscription to a colleague, a different account you own, or someone in a different organization.
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication can be purchased through Volume Licensing, the Cloud Solution Provider program, and Azure in Open.
Azure Role-Based Access Control allows you to grant users only the rights they need to perform their jobs by using built-in or custom roles.
Zend Z-Ray for Azure gives developers insight into entire PHP applications, including execution time, exceptions and errors, and SQL queries used.
Premium and Premium Plus are for customers requiring more computing resources for their Windows apps hosted in Azure RemoteApp.
Improve the performance of your Azure SQL Databases by using index tuning recommendations provided by Index Advisor.
The alert notification and remediation feature in the Microsoft Operations Management Suite leverages the log analytics and automation capabilities for seamless IT operations.
Premium Storage is now available in the South Central US region in addition to other regions previously announced.
With Azure Automation Desired State Configuration, you can consistently deploy, reliably monitor, and automatically update the desired state of all your IT resources, at scale, from the cloud.
Write more powerful queries in Azure Search with the full Lucene query language.
You can now manage classic network security groups via the Azure portal.
ASR’s enhanced VMware to Azure scenario is now Generally Available.
New features are available in Azure DevTest Labs, including the capability to apply artifacts to an existing lab VM, better support for artifact repository management, more ARM template support and samples, and Premium storage support.
This update to the Data Lake tools for Visual Studio adds local run and editing improvements.
Query your Azure Search indexes and see search results directly from the Azure portal.
To help with common automation tasks, four new graphical runbooks and two new PowerShell runbooks are available in the Automation gallery.
Static Public IP address for virtual machines (VMs)
In Azure Automation graphical runbooks you can now set checkpoints to assure that activities do not get repeated if the runbook needs to restart.
With the release of the StorSimple 8000 Series Update 2, the StorSimple virtual appliance model 1100 has been renamed StorSimple Cloud Appliance 8010.
Azure Scheduler user experience is now generally available in the new Azure Portal.
A number of new policies are available now to extend the caching and throttling capabilities of API Management.
Dv2-Series VMs are available in Australia East, Australia Southeast, North Europe, West Europe, East US, South Central US, Southeast Asia, Japan East, and East Asia.
The Mobile Apps feature in Azure App Service is now fully supported with a 99.95-percent SLA.
StorSimple 8000 Series Update 2 includes two key enhancements that expand StorSimple’s use cases and workloads: local volumes and the StorSimple Cloud Appliance 8020 (based on Azure Premium Storage).
The StorSimple Virtual Array is a version of StorSimple in a virtual machine form. It provides a cost-effective, lightweight solution for remote office environments.
Azure HDInsight now supports the latest projects from Apache Hadoop.
Read about the new features available in Azure Mobile Engagement.
This DocumentDB service update adds the TOP keyword to the SQL grammar, several query performance optimizations, limit increases for query operators, and support for additional LINQ operators in the .NET SDK 1.5.2.
Build and deploy Service Fabric applications to Azure for free by joining a Party Cluster.
Azure Automation now provides the AzureRM.profile and AzureRM.Compute Azure Resource Manager PowerShell modules as global modules for use in your runbooks.
Azure Automation, the service that automates the management of your cloud and on-premises resources, is generally available in the new Azure portal.
Clustered Columnstore Tables are the most efficient way you can store your data in Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and they are the new default.
Microsoft Azure IoT Suite helps you capture and analyze untapped device data to improve results across your business.
Azure Security Center helps you prevent, detect, and respond to threats with increased visibility and control over the security of all your Azure resources.
Azure Content Delivery Network Premium is an expansion of the existing service, offering a set of new premium features, including Rules Engine and Advanced Content Analytics.
A set of new policies is designed to make it easy to integrate external services into your Azure API Management request/response pipeline.
The Azure API Management service is now covered by Azure Service Organization Controls audits.
Azure Redis Cache Premium tier is generally available with a 99.9% SLA.
Azure DocumentDB now supports provisioning DocumentDB accounts in the Japan East, Japan West, and Central US regions.
The Azure portal provides large, global, scalable, and available cloud experiences on Azure.
A summary of improvements in the month of November 2015 in Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
A summary of the features released in Azure SQL Data Warehouse in October 2015.
The full public preview of the Azure SQL Data Warehouse service is now available.
The Row-Level Security feature in Azure SQL Database now supports block predicates, which prevent a user from inserting, updating, or deleting rows that violate access criteria.
Azure Automation has added a number of enhancements to the Azure portal.
Logic apps has nine monitoring metrics that provide charts of all the activity in your Logic apps over the past hour.
View more columns when browsing through a list of resources.
Webhooks can trigger jobs on hybrid runbook workers.
For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can zoom the canvas to view runbook details or to get a higher level overview.
For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can search the library of activities during runbook authoring.
For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can configure an activity to retry until some conditions are met.
For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can enable activity-level tracing and set the amount of tracing you want.
You can use Azure Data Factory to move data to and from Data Lake Store, and you can run queries with Data Lake Analytics.
Azure DevTest Labs gives developers on-demand, self-service, Azure-based test environments.
Azure Service Fabric helps developers build, deploy, and operate microservice architecture applications.
Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost.
Azure Disk Encryption for virtual machines addresses organizational security and compliance requirements by encrypting virtual machine disks.
The App Service Authentication/Authorization feature now supports social identity providers and headless authentication flows.
We’ve released a number of updates to Azure Mobile Apps, including updated Node.js, .NET server SDKs, and updated client SDKs.
The experience of entering runbook input parameters is improved in Azure Automation in the preview portal.
The Microsoft Operations Management Suite can help you deliver the service agility and protection your business demands.
Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) provides fine-grained access management for Azure resources, enabling you to grant users only the rights they need to perform their jobs.
The Azure Redis Cache Premium tier adds features such as improved performance, bigger workloads, data persistence, and enhanced network security.
Azure Premium Storage is designed to support I/O intensive workloads, and it is available in the East US region.
Azure Automation has added the ability for you to view runbooks in read-only mode.
Azure SQL Database geo-replication includes a set of powerful new features.
On an Azure SQL Database V12 server, the maximum compatibility level for a database is 130. This same maximum applies on Microsoft SQL Server 2016 (currently at pre-release CTP3).
The Logic Apps feature makes it easier to deal with different types of messages, including array payloads, URLs, and binary content.
With Azure SQL Database Query Store, comprehensive historical data about queries, execution plans, and performance is now at your fingertips.
Azure Automation is now available in Azure’s China cloud.
Azure Automation is now available in Azure’s Central India region.
Azure SQL Database Threat Detection detects anomalous database activities that could present potential security threats.
Azure DocumentDB is now available in the South Central US region.
Always Encrypted protects sensitive data that is stored in Azure SQL Database.
We are excited to announce the new Azure Event Hubs integration features of API Management. API Management provides a number of analytics reports out-of-the-box, but for deeper customized analysis, monitoring, or troubleshooting, you can now configure your API Management service to log data in the form of events to Azure Event Hubs.
Azure Resource Health discloses the health of Azure resources to help quickly identify the root cause of an issue.
Azure Data Lake Store provides a single repository where you can simply capture data of any size, type, and speed—without forcing changes to your application as the data scales.
Azure Data Lake Analytics dynamically scales so you can focus on your business goals. Instead of deploying, configuring, and tuning hardware, you write queries to transform your data and help extract valuable insights.
Dynamic Data Masking for Azure SQL Database limits the exposure of sensitive data by masking it to non-privileged users.
You can now create Power BI reports and dashboards with data from DocumentDB.
In-Memory OLTP and Real-Time Operational Analytics are available for preview in Premium databases in Azure SQL Database.
The App Service Mobile .NET Server SDK is now open source on GitHub!
Hybrid runbook workers now support native PowerShell runbooks, enabling you to automate IT management on-premises by using pure PowerShell.
Azure Backup can now back up your on-premises application workloads, including SQL Server, Hyper-V virtual machines, SharePoint, and Exchange.
Azure AD Application Proxy provides remote access and single sign-on (SSO) for many types of on-premises web applications.
Azure Active Directory Domain Services provides scalable, high-performance, managed domain services.
Azure Site Recovery provides native support for SQL Server AlwaysOn.
Offering an SLA for 99.9 percent availability, Premium Storage is now available in the Central US and North Europe regions.
Document tracking in Azure RMS enables document owners to track activities on the sensitive files they share with others.
For applications that manage and store character-based data in Azure SQL Database, Full-Text Search integrates fast, rich search functionality into the database platform.
Azure SQL Database offers a portfolio of features to help secure your data from malicious and unauthorized users.
Transparent Data Encryption for Azure SQL Database protects your data and helps you meet compliance requirements.
Now you have more control over availability web tests; can reduce the number of a false-positive alerts; and can control the frequency of tests, the number of failed locations that cause an alert, and the test interval.
Full-Text Search in Azure SQL Database supports richer search capabilities in your cloud applications.
Block predicates are now available as a preview enhancement for Row-Level Security on Azure SQL Database. Block predicates enable security policies to prevent users from inserting, updating, and/or deleting rows that violate the predicate.
Along with Query Data Store (QDS) and DMVs, Extended Events feature provides enhanced monitoring and troubleshooting experience for your Azure SQL Database.
Azure Automation source control supports syncing native PowerShell scripts from your source control repository to your Azure Automation account.
Azure Backup increased the size of data sources that can be protected to 54400 GB.
Support is available for Azure Compute, Network, and Storage providers under Azure Resource Manager in Australia East, Australia Southeast, and Brazil South.
Announcing support for Azure Compute, Network, and Storage Providers under Azure Resource Manager in Australia East, Australia Southeast, and Brazil South.
With added support for atomic Upsert operations in DocumentDB, you no longer have to decide between performing a Create or Replace operation.
Azure Resource Manager support for ExpressRoute is available in all regions.
Deep dive into the performance and resource consumption of your database by using Azure SQL Database Query Performance Insights.
A new generation of D-Series instances can be used as VMs or Azure Cloud Services. These DV2 instances offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster than the current D-Series.
Azure ExpressRoute service connections have two new data plans. You can choose between unlimited or metered plans based on your usage.
Azure DocumentDB now supports Order By, online index updates, and string range queries, making it easier to store and query JSON data in Azure.
Azure Redis Cache helps you build highly scalable and responsive applications by providing fast access to your data. The new Premium tier adds better performance, bigger workloads, disaster recovery, and enhanced security.
Azure IoT Hub helps you connect, monitor, and control millions of IoT assets running on a broad set of operating systems and protocols.
Live Encoding for Azure Media Services expands on our live cloud platform.
Visual Studio Online Build and Deployment service lets you author, queue, and monitor cross-platform builds on hosted or private build agents.
Shift existing file shares and corresponding applications to Azure with zero code change, and lower overall file-sharing costs.
Azure Mobile Engagement enables real-time and fine-grain user segmentation, app-user analytics, and context-aware, smart-push notifications across all connected devices.
You can now select Linux clusters when deploying Apache Hadoop workloads in Azure HDInsight and more easily move existing Hadoop workloads into the cloud with an expanded set of open source, big data components running managed Hadoop in Azure.
New buttons and links in the Azure portal make it easier to move logic apps and access the Language reference, Help, and the GitHub repository.
Azure File Storage is generally available, and it provides fully managed file shares in the cloud.
ARM support for ExpressRoute is available in the Brazil South region.
Announcing updates to Office 365, Azure Government Cloud, Resource Manager templates, and simplified billing.
Azure Storage Resource Provider is now generally available.
Azure Storage Resource Provider has two new APIs: Get Operations and Get Usage.
Azure Stream Analytics has added a number of updates to address common business needs for Internet of Things (IoT) projects.
Local Azure services enable data residency for customers in India, bringing world-class reliability and performance to regulated industries and other businesses.
Generate thousands of virtual users to simulate real-world traffic on Web Apps and Mobile Apps.
We have released a new open-source Node.js server SDK for Azure Mobile Apps and have made improvements to our .NET server SDK.
PowerShell runbooks allow you to automate processes by using PowerShell commands rather than PowerShell workflows.
Now in public preview, Automation DSC is available in Free and Basic tiers, and it introduces a variety of new features since the private preview.
You can now easily transfer a subscription you own to another user via the Azure Account Center.
Building location-aware applications and Internet of Things (IoT) systems is easier with the availability of geospatial support in Azure DocumentDB.
Azure Automation Desired State Configuration builds on PowerShell DSC to provide an easier configuration management experience.
Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration helps improve security while simplifying the management of partner access to resources, including SaaS apps such as Office 365, Salesforce, many Azure services, and other mobile, cloud, and on-premises claims-aware applications.
Azure Backup performs online backups of Azure IaaS virtual machines running on Windows and Linux, and restores them as needed.
When you schedule a runbook in Azure Automation, you can specify which hybrid worker group it will run on.
Azure Active Directory B2C is an enterprise-grade, multi-tenant, cloud service that helps you stay connected with your consumers.
We have added some new connectors to the logicapps.io GitHub repository for API Apps. In addition, we have improvements with regards to triggers, including retryPolicy support and a new “manual” trigger type.
Logic app has a new retry policy and a new manual trigger type in the Code view.
Azure Machine Learning now supports Azure Active Directory. You can sign in with any Azure AD work or school account, and invite other Azure AD users to your workspace.
Azure Machine Learning is now available in the Western Europe and Southeast Asia datacenters.
To better support a broader array of mission-critical cloud apps, we’ve introduced Azure Service Bus Premium messaging.
Azure DocumentDB is now generally available in the Australia East and Australia Southeast regions.
Now in public preview, the Elastic Database Basic tier enables small, less demanding databases to be combined in a pool, while the Premium tier allows larger, more demanding databases to be pooled.
We’ve announced two new performance levels within the Azure SQL Database Premium service tier.
DocumentDB SDK 1.4.1 includes a hotfix for LINQ query translation in non EN locales.
Azure DocumentDB supports provisioning DocumentDB accounts in the East Australia and Southeast Australia regions.
Mobile Engagement SDKs updated for Android M and XCode 7/iOS 9. Please update to these SDK versions when targeting the new operating system releases.
The Logic Apps .NET SDK makes it easy to programmatically manage your Logic apps if you use C#.
New limits on the number of connections allowed to a Redis Cache.
The StorSimple device supports two volume types: Tiered Volume (formerly Primary) and Archival Volume.
Azure Automation has added the ability to run runbook tests on hybrid runbook workers.
Azure Search updates include an API prototype, language support, and new regions.
Customers can now deploy and use Azure Site Recovery in these regions: Central US, South Central US, North Central US and East US2.
Event Hubs is available in every public Azure region in the world.
DocumentDB supports geospatial indexing and querying.
Row-Level Security for SQL Database enables you to store data for many users in a single database and table, while restricting row-level access, based on a user’s identity or role.
Access the context menu for tiles and remove tiles on blades or the start screen by using a menu that appears when you hover over a tile.
The G-Series provides more memory and more local solid-state drive storage than other Azure virtual machines. In addition, the GS-Series supports Premium storage across the East US 2, West US, and West Europe regions.
A new learning path for Azure Event Hubs has been published.
A new learning path for Azure Service Bus has been published.
Logic apps started out with Foreach loops, but today, Do…until loops and other options give you more control, such as a native Wait capability and the ability to override HTTP async.
DocumentDB .NET SDK 1.4.0 is available with support for ID routing, geospatial indexing and query, LINQ providers, and a smart index policy builder.
The latest DocumentDB service update includes support for automatic indexing of geospatial data, as well as SQL support for performing proximity queries stored in DocumentDB.
The ID-based routing update for DocumentDB adds support for using an alternate link to address resources via REST.
Application Insights tiles are enabled for auto-refresh
Azure Automation has added activity-level tracing to assist with testing and debugging graph runbooks.
The following scenarios are now supported: restricting access to your content by country, analyzing CDN usage patterns, and improving performance by compressing files.
DocumentDB supports modifying index policies, and .NET SDK version 1.3.0 is available on NuGet.
Azure Data Factory is a cloud-based data integration service that automates moving and transforming data.
Azure Premium Storage is a solid-state drive (SSD)-based storage solution designed to support I/O-intensive workloads.
The Azure Automation team has released more than 60 PowerShell cmdlets in the Azure Resource Manager PowerShell module for managing all aspects of Azure Automation.
Stream Analytics built-in output types include Service Bus queues and topics. You can also connect to Power BI output for Stream Analytics jobs under any Azure account.
The Azure preview portal supports creating, editing, and deleting stored procedures, user-defined functions, and triggers from the Script Explorer blade.
Before introducing customers to your API, make sure it’s high quality and production ready by using the Ready! API plug-in for Azure API Management.
A full set of Windows PowerShell cmdlets for the Azure API Management API is available via the standard Azure PowerShell installer.
Choose the granularity of your charts in Application Insights.
You can customize how frequently and how many times logic apps will retry failures. Also, the logic app engine has made major performance improvements and added an easy way to get started by using logic app templates.
Users can author Jupyter notebooks, and publish Python-based web services, directly from Azure Machine Learning Studio.
With Premium Encoding for Azure Media Services, customers can deploy this advanced encoder where they can take advantage of automated decision-making logic that can adapt to a variety of inputs.
We’ve announced the general availability of 3 new regions for Azure Search—Brazil South, Australia East, and Japan West—bringing the global availability of Azure Search to a total of 11 regions.
Azure Data Catalog is a fully managed service in Azure and an enterprise-wide metadata catalog that enables self-service data source discovery.
In Azure Automation, you can export and import graphical runbooks.
Blade usability is standardized. This may affect customized pages.
Azure Machine Learning made changes to improve the web service publishing experience.
Azure Machine Learning now has better support for mobile devices.
The latest Mobile Apps SDK works with any ASP.NET project and provides more control over how your app operates.
Event Hubs supports AMQP over Web Sockets to provide expanded connectivity for protocol-constrained networks.
We have added a search box to help you find exactly the connector you’re looking for, and, we have added much richer details to the Run blade.
Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight provides a fast and easy way to run interactive data analysis on large data sets.
With the HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 2, HPC Pack supports Linux virtual machines running on Azure.
We now support Linux remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology, enabling scientists and engineers to solve complex problems by using simulations running on Azure.
Azure Batch makes it easy to run large-scale parallel and high-performance computing workloads in Azure.
Customers can now use Azure Site Recovery to protect and recover their mission critical workloads in the Brazil South region.
Disaster recovery and migration of VMware and physical machines to Azure with Azure Site Recovery is generally available.
The latest DocumentDB update includes support for sorting (Order By) with numbers and strings and string range queries.
You can refresh the list of resources available from Browse, view the full list of recent resources you’ve used, and create new resources by using the Add command.
We’ve introduced a new navigation bar that includes breadcrumbs, quick access to start customizing, and the user menu that shows which directory you’ve signed in to.
Azure Automation adds runbook input parameters as a data source for configuring activity input parameter values.
Use Azure SQL Database Index Advisor to improve your database performance.
Azure Virtual Machines, virtual networks, load balancer network interfaces, public IP addresses, network security groups, VPN gateways and Application Gateways are generally available and supported through Azure Resource Manager.
Improvements in the JWT token policy, proxy server, and developer portal for the API Management service.
Azure Application Gateway helps you build highly scalable and available applications by providing application-level (HTTP/HTTPS) load balancing and delivery control.
Get programmatic access to Azure usage and pricing data.
Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a fully managed, elastic, and petabyte-scale columnar data-warehouse service that’s fully compatible and integrated with the Microsoft SQL Server ecosystem.
Create a Logic app that will run at a specific time in the future by using a new startTime property on triggers.
Azure AD Connect Health helps you monitor and gain insight into your on-premises identity infrastructure.
Application Insights enables exporting charts and tables from Metric Explorer to Excel files.
Azure Automation graphical runbook authoring added new features to improve your experience in configuring activity input parameters, creating runbook input parameters, and testing.
Azure Active Directory Connect, the tool to connect Active Directory and Azure Active Directory in a few clicks, is now generally available.
Key Vault is generally available to help cloud application developers safeguard keys and other secrets.
Scaling and more features were in added in the June update for Azure Redis Cache.
Application Insights pricing starts with a free tier and is based on data volume. There’s also a free trial of the Premium tier.
A number of DocumentDB enhancements were made in the Azure Preview portal.
Azure Premium Storage is a solid-state drive (SSD)–based storage solution designed to support I/O-intensive workloads.
Azure Backup is now available in the following regions: Central US, North Central US, South Central US, East US2, Brazil South.
You can now use the Management portal to configure a custom CDN origin, create multiple CDN endpoints for the origin, and save the CDN content in any folder.
You can now protect and recover Generation 2 virtual machines to Azure in all regions supported by Azure Site Recovery.
You can create empty resource groups from Browse > Resource groups via the Add command or by searching for “resource group” in the Marketplace.
There is a section in the Azure Marketplace that is full of templates for Logic apps to get you started quickly.
Media Services enables you to define filters based on customer’s requests.
With Azure SQL Database Query Store, comprehensive historical data about queries, execution plans, and performance is now at your fingertips.
Azure StorSimple 8000 Series Update 1 is a software-only update that is available via Microsoft Update and installed on shipping units.
We’re partnering with GoDaddy to simplify the process of purchasing and managing custom domains.
We recently announced a strategic partnership aimed at transforming developers’ productivity in the cloud.
We’ve released Hyperlapse for Azure Media Services, which integrates Hyperlapse technology with a media processor in the cloud.
This is a public preview of the same Live Encoding technology used to power digital coverage of large events such as Super Bowl XLIX and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
There’s a new Epic work item type. Backlog levels on work items are optional.
The new version of the Visual Studio build system enables you to run builds on virtual machines running in Azure and use public or private GitHub repositories.
Add custom fields to cards on the Kanban board, and filter the cards you see on the board.
Read about improvements for interactions in the Azure portal.
You can now create new connectors directly in the Logic Apps designer by clicking an option in the right pane to automatically deploy it to your resource group.
Application Insights Public Preview includes iOS and Android support, performance counters and unhandled exceptions for Java apps, and fine-time selection.
Azure Batch Service added Job Preparation and Release Task Support
This DocumentDB update includes support for more SQL keywords, operators, and functions.
Azure Site Recovery offers the ability to protect and recover Generation 2 virtual machines to Azure in the West US, North Europe, and Japan West regions.
With the new graphical authoring tool and an upgraded textual authoring tool in Azure Automation, you can author runbooks by using a visual “drag-drop-link-configure” model.
Azure Machine Learning allows guest access with no Microsoft account required!
New networking features were announced at Ignite 2015, and they are available in few regions.
The DocumentDB Migration Tool has been updated to enable you to import data from Azure Table storage.
We’ve announced a new Azure Virtual Private Network (VPN) Gateway that allows you to connect your virtual network via ExpressRoute and site-to-site VPN.
The Microsoft Operations Management Suite is the IT management solution for the era of the cloud; a single solution, built to manage your entire enterprise environment regardless of location, operating system, hypervisors, or cloud provider choices.
Azure Automation enables the creation, deployment, and maintenance of resources for cloud and on-premises environments by using a highly scalable and reliable workflow service.
Azure Site Recovery can now replicate and recover SAN-based, on-premises Hyper-V workloads to Azure compute emulator connected to NetApp Private Storage.
Apps written in iOS Swift can now use an updated Mobile Engagement iOS SDK.
Azure Domain Name System (DNS) allows you to host your domains with your Azure apps. By hosting your domains in Azure, you can manage your DNS records by using your existing Azure subscription.
Cloud App Discovery, a module of Azure Active Directory Premium is now generally available and accessible via the Microsoft Azure portal. It can provide your IT department with visibility into all your organization’s business and consumer cloud apps.
Now you can assign more than one load-balanced public IP address to a set of virtual machines, enabling high-availability and high-scale scenarios.
Azure Operational Insights is available as part of the Microsoft Operations Management Suite.
For Azure ExpressRoute customers who require a large number of Border Gateway Protocol routes, global connectivity, or more Azure virtual network links per circuit, we’ve introduced the ExpressRoute Premium add-on package.
You can use Visual Studio to create and deploy your Logic Apps, as well as other new improvements like the ability to see the history of trigger executions and access documentation right from the designer.
A new version of the DocumentDB .NET SDK with support for partitioning is available.
Application Insights for the ASP.NET 5 web applications allows you to monitor and troubleshoot the new generation of ASP.NET applications.
The new service health map in the Azure preview portal supports viewing health information only for the resources you have deployed to Azure data centers, which makes it easy for you to monitor and troubleshoot issues related to your applications running on Azure.
We’ve made it easier to try Azure Site Recovery to enable Availability on Demand and to extend and help protect your datacenter.
The elastic database pricing model, new in public preview, enables predictable pricing over a set of unpredictable databases. You get the flexibility to support explosive growth and profitable SaaS business models while gaining cost efficiencies.
Now deploying Oracle databases in Azure can be even more cost-effective. Beginning with subscription billing cycles starting on or after May 1, 2015, the price for Windows-based virtual machines (VMs) that include licensing for Oracle Database Enterprise Edition will be reduced by 15%–20%.
Development teams can gain insights into the performance, availability, and usage of their server, web, and mobile applications by using Visual Studio Application Insights.
Service Tier Advisor analyzes the performance and feature requirements for individual databases to provide insights to help you choose the correct tier and performance level for your Azure SQL Database upgrade.
As part of the previously announced general availability of update running on Azure SQL Database V12 servers, we’re upgrading two application programming interface default values beginning August 1, 2015.
Generally available on May 4, 2015, Azure Operational Insights is an analysis service designed to provide IT administrators with deep insight into their on-premises and cloud environments.
Azure Service Fabric is available as a developer preview that you can download and work with in your local environment.
Transparent Data Encryption for Azure SQL Database brings the trusted encryption technology found in SQL Server to Azure SQL Database v12.
Azure App Service Environment is a new Premium plan option providing a fully isolated runtime environment with new scalability and security options.
Manage your Azure network resources by using new REST-based Resource Provider APIs.
The Microsoft Azure preview portal supports cloud services.
Resource Manager templates provide a declarative way of describing a set of one or more resources and deploying them in a consistent, repeatable way. You can deploy custom templates directly from the preview portal.
Updates to the Application Insights service and SDKs enable synthetic data filtering and provide a new usage experience for ASP.NET and usage calculations.
The Windows Universal Apps SDK is available for the Azure Mobile Engagement service.
DocumentDB is a fully managed, highly scalable NoSQL document database service.
Azure Stream Analytics is a real-time stream processing engine in the cloud that helps uncover insights from devices, sensors, infrastructure, and applications.
Azure Premium Storage is a solid-state drive (SSD)–based storage offering designed to support I/O-intensive workloads.
With the latest release of Logic Apps, you can cancel ongoing workflow runs, and there are many new functions available for manipulating strings. We have also increased certain limits (such as the size of strings and files).
Easily migrate data to DocumentDB by using the DocumentDB Data Migration tool.
Learn about the improvements in the April 8 release of Azure Machine Learning.
Azure Machine Learning Standard Tier pricing has changed effective April 1.
Seamlessly add or remove nodes to your HBase cluster while it is running by using the Cluster Scaling feature.
Read about improved browser interactions for the Azure portal.
Diagnostic Search queries can be saved and shared, and Continuous Export can easily be enabled and disabled, and an alert will be sent if it fails.
App Service integrates the best of Azure Websites, Mobile Services, API Management, and Azure BizTalk Services, along with new capabilities in Logic and API apps to provide you with a unified set of capabilities for everything from the billing model to the development and management experience.
Dynamic configuration of security-group membership for Azure Active Directory is available in public preview.
Azure Backup helps you protect files and folders by providing multiple copies in multiple geographies.
An important security enhancement enables automatically rolling over passwords for shared application accounts.
The Premium tier of Azure API Management simplifies high availability and massive scale (each unit includes 1 billion API calls per month).
Azure expands the protection for IaaS VMs. In addition to protecting on-premises data to Azure, Azure Backup can perform online backups of Azure IaaS VMs for Windows and Linux operating systems, and restore them as needed.
Azure Site Recovery enables Azure as a disaster recovery site for VMware virtual machines and physical servers.
Effective April 1, 2015, the Azure Backup service will be charged based on the size of each protected server in increments of 500 GB. Additionally, Azure Storage will be charged for separately providing the benefit of lower storage costs over time.
Today we announce multiple features for Azure as a data recovery site by using Automated System Recovery, including support for Gen2 VMs, operating system disk sizes greater than 127 GB, and networking enhancements.
Azure PowerShell includes new capabilities to manage Azure Batch services.
Azure Preview portal is now available in Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), Swedish, Turkish. If you have any translation suggestions, please let us know on the Feedback Forums.
Azure Websites Authentication / Authorization allows you to quickly restrict access to your websites running on Azure Websites by leveraging Azure Active Directory.
Azure Websites changes to Azure App Service Web Apps. Mobile Apps, Logic Apps and API Apps are new Azure service as part of App Service.
The Azure Redis Cache service has deployed a new monitoring system.
Application Insights SDK enables actionable insights into your live Java web application.
The Batch client library for .NET is updated to 1.2.0 to use Azure Storage Client Library 4.0.0.
If you’re looking to implement great search experiences over your DocumentDB data, use the Azure Search indexer for DocumentDB.
Users can create Azure Scheduler jobs in the Australia East and Australia Southeast regions.
Azure Content Delivery Network integration with Azure Media Services provides point-and-click provisioning of edge services to speed your time to market and give your content global reach.
Media Encoder Premium for Azure Media Services offers new and advanced encoding capabilities, including support for MXF and DVCPRO formats, in addition to 4K AVC, multilanguage audio, closed captioning, deinterlacing, and color conversion.
Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that helps developers build sophisticated search experiences into web and mobile applications.
A10 and A11 instances feature faster processors, more virtual cores for greater compute power, and larger amounts of memory than other options.
Read about marketplace improvements for the Azure portal.
The Azure Insights NuGet package allows you to retrieve logs that are exposed in the Azure Preview Portal.
The Azure Preview Portal now supports Audit Logs.
This service update introduces near-complete SQL Server engine compatibility, greater support for larger databases, a new S3 performance level, and 25 percent more Premium performance for the same cost.
This release adds support for 23 new Windows PowerShell cmdlets for managing Azure Automation.
Azure Backup added support for an increased number of policies and long-term retention. Offline Backup uses the Azure Import service to reduce the time needed to load large backup copies. SharePoint, Exchange, and Windows client operating systems are supported DPM workloads that can be backed up to Azure.
This is an SaaS-delivered, data-driven user-engagement platform that enables real-time fine-grain user segmentation, app user analytics, and contextually-aware smart-push notifications and in-app messaging across all connected devices.
Dynamic Data Masking is a policy-based security feature that helps limit the exposure of data by returning masked data to unprivileged users who run queries over designated database fields (for example, credit card numbers).
HDInsight supports deploying to Linux clusters.
The Hadoop Connector for DocumentDB allows users to perform complex analytics jobs on data within the Apache Hadoop framework.
HDInsight is available on additional virtual machine sizes.
Apache Storm on Azure HDInsight is available, and it makes doing real-time analytics simple.
Visual Studio Tools are updated for Apache Hive.
HDInsight supports cluster scaling without deleting or re-creating the clusters.
Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2 with Hadoop 2.6 is now generally available in Azure HDInsight.
This service offers cloud-based advanced analytics designed to simplify and streamline machine learning for business.
Visual Studio Application Insights supports collecting custom metrics, events, and properties.
We updated and simplified the web service publishing workflow.
The Batch client library for .NET is updated to fix some major customer issues.
Azure Automation is available in Japan with the same service-level agreement coverage that is available in East U.S., Southeast Asia, and West Europe.
The Azure Batch Explorer sample is updated with a new work item view and improved performance.
Azure DocumentDB has doubled the regions in which it is available and increased the maximum document size to 512 KB.
Read about improvements to personalization in the Azure preview portal.
Row-Level Security is a programmable security feature that can be implemented in databases to enable fine-grained access over rows in a table.
Application Insights adds a landing page and improved visualizations for Windows Phone and Windows Store Apps.
Azure AD Connect Health helps you monitor your on-premises identity infrastructure.
Conditional access policies can be created with Azure Active Directory Premium to enforce multifactor authentication for users and groups trying to access specific applications.
Content Protection for Azure Media Services offers static and dynamic encryption with PlayReady license delivery and an AES 128-bit key delivery service.
The Premium tier of API Management simplifies massive scale and high availability.
All customers who deploy their websites and web apps by using Azure Websites can generate weblogs that track all HTTP transactions and errors in detail.
You can now customize your Azure HDInsight clusters with projects that are available from the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.
Quickly enable Azure Operational Insights on your virtual machines by using Windows PowerShell or the Azure management portal.
Azure SQL Database V12 introduces near-complete SQL Server engine compatibility, greater support for larger databases, and expanded performance with Azure Premium service.
You can now deploy G-Series Virtual Machines in either US West or US East 2
The G-Series provides more memory and more local solid state drive (SSD) storage than other Azure virtual machine sizes.
Azure Key Vault offers an easy, cost-effective way to safeguard keys and other sensitive data that is used by cloud applications and services.
Azure Machine Learning now supports logging of Web Services
Azure Backup enables customers to back up files and folders from computers running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7 to Azure.
By using the Azure DocumentDB Java SDK, you can create, read, update, and delete DocumentDB resources and manage configuration settings.
Administration delegation in Azure Active Directory through administrative units is available in public preview.
The high-performance VPN gateway provides higher bandwidth and more connections than the current virtual network VPN gateway.
Azure ExpressRoute is available in the Brazil South region.
We’ve changed the amount of egress data included in the 10 Gbps ExpressRoute Exchange Provider and reduced the price of 10 Gbps connections.
Azure RemoteApp delivers Windows applications from Azure, and it helps IT pros bring scale, agility, and global access to their business applications.
Live Channels for Azure Media Services is available and fully supported by the Azure SLA.
Disaster recovery is available for branch offices and SMB through Azure Site Recovery.
This preview marks the first step in delivering the next generation of the SQL Database service that will bring customers more compatibility, flexibility, and performance.
Azure Site Recovery has the ability to replicate and recover virtual machines directly within Azure without requiring System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
This module allows on-premises web applications to be published via Azure Active Directory and made available to external users in the same way as SaaS applications.
The Application Insights Status Monitor and SDK are updated.
Performance improvements enable continuous export of your telemetry data from the Application Insights portal in JSON format. Additionally, you can enable, disable, and customize segmentation charts in Metrics Explorer.
Microsoft Avro Library includes a code generation tool that enables the conversion of JSON schemas into C# types.
This release of Azure Machine Learning contains new features and important module changes.
Azure Content Delivery Network will cache content from a website at Content Delivery Network edge POP locations.
HDInsight has expanded its geographical presence to three new regions: Japan East, Australia East, and Australia Southeast.
HDInsight clusters can now be customized to run a variety of Hadoop projects, including Spark and R Modules, by using Script Action.
Non RFC 1918 space is now allowed in a virtual network.
Bandwidth templates allow you to configure multiple time-of-day schedules to tier the data from the StorSimple device to the cloud. You can create, modify, delete, and save these schedules as templates.
Azure StorSimple is now available in Australia with the same service-level agreement coverage that is available in other regions worldwide. StorSimple offers a unique hybrid cloud storage solution.
Azure Backup is now available in Australia with the same service-level agreement coverage that is available in other regions worldwide.
Now it is easier than ever for anyone to try Azure Machine Learning because the service is available to test free-of-charge without a credit card or Azure subscription.
Azure Machine Learning now offers support for optional and required web-service parameters for properties such as table names, account names, and paths to blob storage.
HDInsight Tools for Visual Studio: Write Hive queries and view Hive jobs right from Visual Studio.
New networking features announced at TechEd Europe 2014 are available in regions except China North and China East.
On November 1, 2015, Azure Media Packager and Azure Media Encryptor reach their end-of-life.
Now there is a consistent contract for customers who purchase subscriptions to Microsoft Online Services, such as Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics Online, or Windows Intune.
Azure Site Recovery is now available in Australia.
This free preview of Azure Site Recovery offers storage array-based replication and disaster recovery.
Operational Insights is an Azure-based service that is tailored for IT operations teams. It leverages the power of Azure HDInsight to glean machine data across environments, and turns the data into real-time operational intelligence to enable better-informed business decisions.
A new support experience was added to the Azure Preview portal, which gives organizations the ability to obtain first-class support in a simplified, seamless experience for submitting, viewing, and managing Azure support incidents.
Auditing for Azure SQL Database tracks and logs all events that occur on your database, such as updates and queries against data. Auditing can now be managed from the Azure Management Portal or via Windows PowerShell commands.
The query authoring experience for Azure Stream Analytics jobs has been extended to enable query validation and debugging over sample data.
The latest release of Azure Machine Learning provides a new sample experiment gallery feature, a streamlined experiment page, and a new visualization for data tables.
New networking features such as Network Security Groups, Forced Tunneling, and Advanced Gateway Policies for Virtual Networks are now available in the Azure North Europe region.
Use Azure Automation to create, monitor, deploy, and maintain resources in your Azure environment using a highly scalable and reliable workflow execution engine.
Powered by Azure, Stream Analytics is an event-processing engine that helps uncover insights from devices, sensors, cloud infrastructure, and existing data properties in real time.
Azure Batch is a new platform service that enables you to run large-scale parallel and HPC applications in the cloud.
As the onramp for stream processing in the cloud, Event Hubs enables publish-subscribe data distribution in a flexible platform-as-as-service (PaaS) model that can scale with your needs and provide a durable buffer between event publishers and event consumers.
Traffic Manager Nested Profiles enable you to create more flexible and powerful load balancing and failover schemes to support the needs of larger, more complex deployments.
You now have the ability to run your Big Data Hadoop workloads as a preconfigured Azure VM, using your choice of Cloudera Enterprise or Hortonworks HDP operating on Linux.
The Azure Marketplace (formerly Azure Store/Azure Gallery) is a unified applications and services ecosystem for Azure customers and partners.
Azure Data Factory gives you an agile way to manage the production of trusted information from complex processes, making it easier to create, orchestrate, and manage data-processing pipelines over a range of transformation services and diverse data sources.
Now available to try in the Azure Preview portal, new functionality allows you to manage existing SQL Database business-continuity features with greater ease and a highly visual graphic interface.
Microsoft Antimalware for Cloud Services and Virtual Machines (VMs) is now generally available to help identify and remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
In this release of the new Azure Preview portal, we’re introducing breakthrough business continuity and disaster recovery administration along with support for self-service Point in Time Restore and restoring deleted databases.
Yesterday, we announced the general availability of the Microsoft Azure Australia Geo, including the Australia East Region in New South Wales and the Australia Southeast Region in Victoria.
Service providers can easily extend, automate, and offer Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service using this update of Azure Site Recovery.
Azure Event Hubs are a real-time highly scalable and fully managed data stream ingestion service.
We’ve updated Azure Machine Learning modules, tools, and services with our October 23, 2014, release.
The Azure Websites Migration Assistant will analyze your IIS installation and identify which sites can be migrated to the cloud, and creates the relevant websites and databases for those that can.
WebJobs is now generally available, providing an easy way for you to run programs such as services or background tasks on an Azure-hosted Website.
We have added to the Azure Marketplace a wealth of examples of APIs that are built with Azure Machine Learning. These APIs are free to use, and illustrate how the reach and power of the cloud allow advanced analytics to be consumed by more users in more ways.
With the public preview of Apache Storm clusters, HDInsight can now also process real-time events. In addition, we’ve teamed up with Hortonworks to deliver hybrid data connectors between on-premises and cloud deployments.
Virtual Network (VNet) support for HDInsight is now generally available. In addition to HBase clusters, now you can provision Hadoop clusters in a VNet. HDInsight supports deploying only into a location-based VNet.
Azure Mobile Services has recently released several updates to the .NET backend including the following: custom scopes for authentication providers, single sign-on for Windows Store applications, CORS for SignalR, and support for Web API 5.2.
With Instance-Level Public IPs, you can enable scenarios such as running FTP servers in Azure and monitoring virtual machines directly using their IPs.
Use tags to categorize and manage related Azure resources across resource groups and subscriptions.
Now you can replicate the Hyper-V virtual machines running in your datacenter to Azure for disaster recovery protection—and recover them there, as needed.
With Azure Site Recovery, you can protect and recover your production workloads while saving on capital and operational expenditures.
In July 2014, we announced changes to Service Bus Queues and Topics, with messaging now offered in Basic and Standard tiers. These new tiers provide price flexibility that better accommodate different use cases. Updated pricing for these changes will be effective starting November 1, 2014, and not October 1, 2014, as previously communicated.
With the general availability of the Basic, Standard, and Premium service tiers, the SQL Database now has a quota of 1,600 DTUs for Basic, Standard, and Premium databases.
The new Azure SQL Database Elastic Scale APIs simplify the process of scaling out (and in) a cloud application’s data tier by streamlining development and management.
We are lowering public list prices for many higher-level Azure services by 27 percent or more. For specifics, see the table. We’re also adjusting rates for our commitment plans—and introducing a new six-month offer.
Azure Redis Cache now supports caches larger than 26 GB and provides 99.9% availability SLA.
Today, we’re announcing support for a new series of virtual machine sizes for Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Web/Worker Roles called the D-Series.
To help enterprises set up robust CMS-backed sites, we are introducing a scalable WordPress offering available in the application gallery.
The Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a service that allows you to send audio, images, and other static files faster and more reliably to customers across the globe.
Azure Websites VNET integration feature allows customers to securely connect to on premise resources or other VM’s hosted in Azure using a VPN connection.
Get started more quickly with Azure Site Recovery and take advantage of integrated Azure Automation.
Azure API Management is generally available with plenty of new features for management and authentication.
This release includes support for role-based access control and some storage improvements
Manage access to Azure subscriptions, resource groups, or resources such as websites or databases in the Azure Preview Portal by assigning Owner, Contributor, or Reader roles to Active Directory users or groups.
Three new Azure SQL Database service tiers—Basic, Standard, and Premium—are generally available. The tiers target seven performance levels, so they’re flexible enough for light to heavyweight workloads.
The same live streaming solution that delivered the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup to broadcasters around the world is now available in preview.
The new release adds support for Role-based access control, SQL Database auditing support in Azure Resource Manager mode and more
Azure Automation can now use an Azure Active Directory OrgId credential to automate management of Azure resources.
Use Process Explorer to view and manage your website processes.
Azure DocumentDB is the highly scalable NoSQL document database-as-a-service that offers rich query and transactional processing over schema-free data.
StorSimple is now available in Japan with the same service-level agreement coverage available in other regions worldwide.
Azure Backup is now available in Japan with the same service-level agreement coverage available in other regions worldwide.
Incorporate search capabilities into applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search
In this update, we have added server management experiences for SQL Database in the new Azure Preview portal. You can now easily reset the server administrator password, and configure firewall rules and default auditing settings for databases in the server.
Write your services using the power of ASP.NET Web API and your favorite .NET language.
WebJobs can now be created and managed in the Azure Preview portal.
Azure Site Recovery is now available in Japan with the same service-level agreement coverage available in other regions worldwide.
Azure is now commercially available in 51 additional countries.
Host Azure HDInsight in Japan West and US Central with the same service-level agreement coverage available in other regions worldwide.
Azure Resource Manager Tools Preview for Visual Studio 2013 enables developers to create and deploy reusable deployment templates (JSON files) that declaratively describe the resources that make up an app.
MyGet provides hosted NuGet Servers. Developers can use their own packages to create and host NuGet feeds, or use another package source (such as NuGet.org).
Azure development tooling features include support for WebJobs publishing, Dev/Test environments for Mobile Services, Remote debugging for Virtual Machines, Emulator Express, and more.
This Azure PowerShell release includes Compute, SQL Database, and Windows Azure Pack updates.
RavenHQ Database is the official hosted solution for RavenDB, and includes a fully managed cloud of RavenDB servers running in Azure and a variety of scalable plans.
MemCachier is now offering their popular memcache-as-a-service in the Azure Store. MemCachier manages and scales clusters of memcache servers so that you can focus on your app.
New preview service pricing tiers get feature updates: geo-restore, standard geo-replication, and auditing.
HDInsight has now expanded its geographical presence to three new regions: East Asia, North Central US, and South Central US.
Users can now create Azure Scheduler jobs in the Brazil South region.
Changes to Basic and Standard tiers mean most customers will see a decrease in pricing (effective September 1, 2014).
Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS) is a new redundancy option with multiple copies replicated at least 25 miles apart.
Use the Azure Preview portal to create, manage, and monitor your virtual machines.
Deploying multi-virtual machine applications is easier than ever before. Create a three-server or nine-server SharePoint Server Farm by providing only a name, username, and password.
Multiple updates for Azure PowerShell are included in our latest releases.
We’ve added support for reverse DNS for all Azure Cloud Services at no additional cost!
We’ve added Azure Storage to the preview portal. Create accounts, view your containers, and monitor performance.
Set up a monitoring experience that keeps track of new metrics.
The recommended pricing tier is the simplest way to select an offering.
Machine Learning is a fully managed service for advanced analytics in the cloud.
Azure Event Hubs helps solve data flow challenges where you want to ingest, persist, and process millions of events per second.
Manage your Azure SQL Database subscriptions using the new Azure Preview Portal.
The US Central region in Iowa and US East 2 region in Virginia are generally available.
More options for the secure, dedicated Redis Cache, managed by Microsoft.
Service Bus Basic and Standard tiers provide price flexibility that better accommodate different use cases.
4 decimals gives you more accurate pricing for Azure Block Blob Storage.
The GA release of backup and restore for Azure Web Sites includes lots of new tools and features.
Host middle tier or backend applications behind a private IP address that is visible only within your cloud service or Virtual Network.
We’ve created a new Web Deploy endpoint that lives as a site extension on each customer’s site.
HDInsight 3.1 (HDP 2.1) is now generally available and includes enhancements to HBase, Mahout and Tez.
Azure Traffic Manager’s round robin load-balancing method now supports weights.
The new Scheduler Premium tier and updates to the Standard tier give you access to more units and job collections.
Now you can replicate virtual machines from your primary site directly to Azure, instead of to your own secondary site.
The new Azure Status page is available on status.azure.com.
Azure Websites supports Python 3.4, along with automatic configuration in the Azure Portal.
There’s a new gallery of website extensions for Azure – use them to leverage a powerful set of tools deployed as site extensions.
This PowerShell release includes updates for Web Sites, Traffic Manager, and individual cmdlets.
The preview of Apache HBase clusters is available in the HDInsight Service. HBase is a low-latency NoSQL database that allows online transactional processing of big data.
Host services in Brazil South with the same service-level agreement coverage offered in Azure regions worldwide.
Deploy SAP solutions in the cloud using Azure’s secure and reliable cloud infrastructure platform.
Two new regions for Azure Virtual Machines.
This new region joins 10 worldwide that are supported by Azure Websites.
New support for Managed Cache, Azure Automation, Traffic Manager and the Anti-Malware Cloud Service extension.
Instead of transferring your data over the Internet, send your hard drives directly to an Azure datacenter.
Directly and securely connect multiple Azure virtual networks.
Virtual machine images for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are now available in the Azure virtual machine gallery.
A highly secured, dedicated cache that’s managed by Microsoft.
Reserve public IP addresses and use them as virtual IP (VIP) addresses for your applications.
Connect to any on-premises TCP or HTTP resource from Azure Web Sites.
If you’re running Linux in Azure Virtual Machines and have purchased Azure support, you can take advantage of priority support plans.
Microsoft Antimalware offers customers the ability to install an antimalware agent for both PaaS roles and virtual machines
Azure Websites deployment slots have been expanded to 4+1.
Azure EA customers in North America and Europe can purchase a range of application and data services from 3rd party providers through the Azure Store and have these subscriptions automatically billed against their EA.
Assign public IP addresses to your virtual machines, so they become directly addressable.
Scheduler GA pricing is now in effect.
Manage traffic for endpoints that live inside or outside of Azure.
Load-balance Azure (VMs) with private IP addresses within a virtual network.
Securely connect multiple on-premises locations with a virtual network (VNet) in Azure.
Azure RemoteApp delivers Windows Server session-based applications from Azure. The service is now in public preview and provided at no additional cost during the preview period
Mount a shared file system and access it from various virtual machines in an Azure datacenter.
Publish APIs more reliably, more securely, and at scale.
Faster processors, faster interconnectivity, more virtual cores for higher computing power, and larger amounts of memory.
ExpressRoute offers a 99.9% SLA on ExpressRoute connection uptime and two new bandwidth tiers for the Exchange Provider scenario: 200 Mbps and 500 Mbps.
A distributed, in-memory, managed cache based on the open-source Redis Cache.
The April 2014 Guest OS release (versions 4.7, 3.14, 2.26, and 1.34), which incorporates all the latest MSRC updates, started release on May 2 and completed today May 6.
Azure SQL Database introduces two new service tiers, Basic and Standard, to join Premium, which is already in preview. The Web and Business service editions will be retired in 12 months.
Memcached Cloud is a reliable, fully-managed, fail-safe service that runs Memcached. Your dataset is constantly replicated, so if a node fails, an auto-switchover mechanism guarantees data is served without interruption.
The Azure Brazil South Region, located in Sao Paulo state, is now broadly available for public preview.
Azure Web sites is now available in Southeast Asia for all customers.
Redis Cloud is a fully-managed cloud service for hosting and running your Redis dataset in a highly-available and scalable manner, with predictable and stable top performance.
The new GA release of Autoscale includes performance- and schedule-based scaling, and you can customize it to scale based on metrics you define.
Get Read access to your secondary storage replica, in case your primary location fails.
This Preview release includes support for Azure Resource Manager.
Azure Scheduler is generally available in all Azure regions, backed by an enterprise SLA, and is ready to use for production scenarios.
This Azure Cross Platform Command-Line Interface release includes support for Azure Resource Manager and Azure Active Directory authentication.
Share features like auto-scale, web tests, backup, and computing capacity across your web sites.
Azure Web Sites now supports an additional Basic SKU tier.
Use resource groups to manage all of your application resources.
The Azure Portal preview adds new features to help you monitor and operate your Azure Web Sites.
Automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage infrastructure.
View billing info using new charts and visualizations.
Create team projects, view your Git and TFVC repositories, edit source code, make commits, view your builds, and continuously deploy to Azure Web Sites.
The Azure Preview portal radically simplifies the cloud—whether you write code, operate infrastructure, or manage finances.
Add and manage over 1000 apps using Azure Active Directory.
Automate how you create, monitor, deploy, and maintain Azure resources.
We’ve improved the Standard pricing tier with storage, SSL, and Web Sockets updates.
Host Java web apps on Azure Web Sites and send all incoming site HTTP traffic to the Java HTTP listen port.
Newly created HDInsight clusters will run on Windows Server 2012 R2, have .NET 4.5 available, and allow inbound connections to any executable on worker nodes.
Azure Web Sites supports wildcard domains that can be combined with SNI SSL to secure all your subdomains (without creating individual bindings).
Get notified if a sign-in attempt doesn’t fit with your normal user sign-in patterns.
This Azure PowerShell release includes support for Azure Resource Manager and Scheduler, and infrastructure cmdlet improvements.
VM Images replaces OS Images, and includes data disks (in addition to the OS disk).
Self-service password reset, group management, customized branding, and more is now available to premium subscribers.
New management libraries include an SDK that automates how you provision and manage Azure assets.
Self-service group management is now available to Azure Active Directory Premium subscribers.
We’ve partnered with 21Vianet to bring Azure to China.
New deployment and performance improvements are part of the Hadoop 2.2 in Azure HDInsight GA release.
Effective today, customers will see lower prices for Block Blobs Storage and Disks/Page Blobs Storage.
Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, Java, and Oracle Linux are available in the Azure Image gallery. These images include a license and are fully supported by Oracle.
Manage and load balance Azure Web Sites with Azure Traffic Manager. Available for all Standard websites.
Microsoft has opened two new Azure datacenters in Japan. Japan East and Japan West offer new options for data residency and durability, plus disaster recovery.
Mobile Services integration with Notification Hubs simplifies push channel management.
WebJobs allows the website owner to setup recurring and scheduled tasks and jobs.
This post describes Azure Service Health Notifications (also known as Incident Notifications) within the Azure Management Portal.
Write backend Mobile Service logic by using .NET and the ASP.NET Web API framework, run Mobile Service code locally, and debug remotely.
Disable standard server headers (like “X-Powered-By” and “X-AspNet-Version”) on Azure Web Sites.
Save a snapshot version of your web app and restore it later.
Windows IaaS virtual machines show VM configuration (internal and public IP, disk space, memory, deployment ID, etc.) on the desktop.
ExpressRoute enables dedicated, private, high-throughput network connectivity between Azure datacenters and on-premises IT environments.
VM Agent is a lightweight process that runs inside your virtual machines. Use it to install and manage extensions.
Co-Admin limit per subscription increased from 10 to 200.
Develop cross-platform mobile apps with PhoneGap and Azure Mobile Services.
Recycle a worker process based on specific conditions or triggers.
WordPress 3.8 is now available in the Azure Web Sites App Gallery.
A8 and A9 feature 8 virtual cores with 56 gigabytes (GB) or 16 virtual cores with 112 GB of memory. They include faster processors and more virtual cores for higher compute power, larger amounts of memory, and a 40 GB/S InfiniBand network.
Together with our partners at Sencha, we recently added support for SenchaTouch to Mobile Services.
Azure ISO Certification expanded to include SQL Database, Active Directory, Traffic Manager, Web Sites, BizTalk Services, Media Services, Mobile Services, Service Bus, Multi-Factor Authentication, and HDInsight.
Set up alerts for Azure Web Sites and SQL Databases.
Configure multiple environments and switch between them at will.
Site metrics are shown at a high level of granularity, down to the minute level.
Azure has been validated for compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) by an independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).
Always On keeps your website up and available, even when it’s idle.
Protect important services by replicating and recovering System Center 2012 private clouds
Use Azure Traffic Manager’s load-balancing capability to create applications that set the bar for responsiveness and availability.
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