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See updates to the Azure portal in November 2018.
The business-critical performance tier will be generally available for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance on December 1, 2018. Save up to 80 percent off the license-included full price when you apply Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and reserved capacity pricing.
Effective December 1, 2018, resource GUIDs for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical will change to simplify billing practices.
The Azure portal received updates in October 2018.
Now generally available for vCore-based resource types in Azure SQL Database (excluding Managed Instance), dev/test pricing provides a cost-effective way to run your development and testing workloads on Azure SQL Database. With dev/test pricing for Azure SQL Database, you can save up to 55 percent versus list prices.
Region names and resource GUIDs for Managed Instance General Purpose SQL License were changed on September 27, 2018.
To achieve fully parallel topologies, Azure Stream Analytics will transition SQL writes from serial to parallel operations while simultaneously allowing for batch size customizations.
Azure SQL Database Managed Instance general purpose will become generally available on October 1, 2018. Managed Instance provides the best of SQL Server with the benefits of a fully-managed service, allowing you to migrate your on-premises workloads to the cloud with minimal changes. The general purpose performance tier provides balanced and scalable compute and storage options that fit most business workloads.
Migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using preview functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service.
Now generally available, the Azure Database Migration Service provides you the ability to assess SQL Server workloads running on-premises or on VMs, and to perform offline migrations to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.
Business Critical service tier, designed for applications with the highest availability and I/O requirements, is now available in Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.
Effective August 1, 2018, general availability pricing for storage add-ons in Azure SQL Database will begin, which will change names and GUIDs.
Effective August 1, 2018, names for vCore-based Single Database and Elastic Pool compute (Gen4 and Gen5) and storage will change.
Effective August 1, 2018, the names for vCore-based Single Database and Elastic Pool compute (Gen4 and Gen5) and storage for US Gov, US Arizona, and US Texas GUIDs will change. Effective September 1, 2018, US DoD names will change.
Effective July 1, 2018, long-term retention RA-GRS backup storage charges for Australia Central and Australia Central 2 customers will be renamed to long-term retention backup storage charges on invoices.
Preview: The vCore-based purchasing model for Azure SQL Database is extended with additional compute and storage options
The vCore-based purchasing model for Azure SQL Database Elastic Pool and Single Database offers additional compute and storage configurations.
Transparent Data Encryption with customer managed keys is now generally available in Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
Effective June 1, 2018, names for long-term backup retention will change from “LTR RA-GRS Backup Storage” to “LTR Backup Storage.”
Read scale-out is now available for Premium or Business Critical databases and elastic pools.
Effective June 1, 2018, long-term backup retention names will change from “LTR RA-GRS Backup Storage” to “LTR Backup Storage.”