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July 2018

Jul 16

Public preview: Business Critical service tier in 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.

June 2018

Jun 27

SQL Database storage add-ons GUID migration and name changes

Effective August 1, 2018, general availability pricing for storage add-ons in Azure SQL Database will begin, which will change names and GUIDs.

Jun 13

Name changes: SQL Database Singleton

Effective August 1, 2018, names for vCore-based Single Database and Elastic Pool compute (Gen4 and Gen5) and storage will change.

Jun 13

Name changes: SQL Database Singleton US Government

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.

May 2018

May 29

Name changes: Azure SQL Database long-term backup retention for Australia

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.

May 4

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.

April 2018

Apr 19

General availability: Transparent Data Encryption with customer managed keys for Azure SQL

Transparent Data Encryption with customer managed keys is now generally available in Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Apr 16

Name changes: Azure SQL Database long-term backup retention

Effective June 1, 2018, names for long-term backup retention will change from “LTR RA-GRS Backup Storage” to “LTR Backup Storage.”

Apr 4

Public preview: Read scale-out support for Azure SQL Database

Read scale-out is now available for Premium or Business Critical databases and elastic pools.

Apr 3

Name changes: Azure SQL Database long-term backup retention, US Government regions

Effective June 1, 2018, long-term backup retention names will change from “LTR RA-GRS Backup Storage” to “LTR Backup Storage.”

March 2018

Mar 23

Data Factory supports Azure AD authentication for SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse

Azure Data Factory V2 supports Azure AD authentication for Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse, as an alternative to SQL Server authentication.

February 2018

Feb 8

General availability: Virtual Network Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database

Virtual Network Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database is generally available in all Azure regions.

September 2017

Sep 26

Native integration between Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Functions

With the native integration between Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Functions, you will be able to simply add a trigger function directly from your Azure Cosmos DB account.

Sep 26

Adaptive query processing support for Azure SQL Database

SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database introduce a new generation of query processing improvements that will adapt optimization strategies to your application workload’s runtime conditions.

Sep 26

Native scoring in Azure SQL Database

Now available in Azure SQL Database, native scoring will allow you to score machine learning models generated by RevoScaleR or revoscalepy packages from Transact-SQL.

Sep 26

Graph support for Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database will now offer fully integrated graph extensions, so users can define graph schema with graph objects.

Sep 26

Intelligent insights for Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database built-in intelligence will continuously monitor database usage, detect disruptive events that can cause poor performance, and generate an intelligent insights diagnostic log.

Sep 26

Virtual Network service endpoints in Azure SQL Database

Announcing the public preview of Virtual Network service endpoints in Azure SQL Database.

Sep 26

Azure SQL Database—Track and remediate potential database vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Assessment is a scanning service built into the Azure SQL Database service. The service will employ a knowledge base of rules that will identify security vulnerabilities and deviations from best practices, such as misconfigurations, excessive permissions, and exposed sensitive data.

Sep 26

Premium elastic pools in Azure SQL Database

Until now, the amount of storage available to Premium elastic pools in Azure SQL Database was limited to 750 GB. We're pleased to announce that this limit has increased to 4 TB for the largest Premium pools.

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