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Migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime by using Azure Database Migration Service.
The range of available compute resources for vCore-based elastic pools and single databases has been expanded within the General Purpose, Business Critical and Hyperscale service tiers. This reflects our commitment to provide more flexibility and choice when converting DTU-based deployments and right-sizing workloads for the cloud.
Users can now migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using generally available functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service.
Dev/test pricing is now available for SQL Database Managed Instance as part of the Azure Enterprise dev/test offer, providing a cost-effective way to run your development and testing workloads on Azure SQL Database.
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. Additionally, you can save up to 80 percent off the license-included full price when you apply Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and reserved capacity pricing. Learn more about Managed Instance business critical and other Managed Instance updates in our announcement blog.
Azure SQL Database Managed Instance SKU Recommendation for Database Migration Assistant is now in preview.
Zone-redundant SQL databases and elastic pools are now generally available in two additional regions: West Europe and South-East Asia.
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.