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    January 2019

    Jan 9

    Support for SQL to Azure SQL Database online migrations

    Migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime by using Azure Database Migration Service.

    Jan 9

    Additional compute levels added to vCore-based Azure SQL databases and elastic pools

    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.

    December 2018

    Dec 19

    Support for SQL to Azure SQL DB Managed Instance online migrations

    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.

    Dec 19

    Dev/test pricing for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is now available

    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.

    Dec 4

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance—Business-critical service tier now available

    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.

    November 2018

    Nov 28

    Azure SQL DB Managed Instance recommendation for Database Migration Assistant

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance SKU Recommendation for Database Migration Assistant is now in preview.

    Nov 26

    General availability: Zone-redundant SQL databases and elastic pools in additional regions

    Zone-redundant SQL databases and elastic pools are now generally available in two additional regions: West Europe and South-East Asia.

    October 2018

    Oct 31

    Azure SQL Database managed instance business critical tier

    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.

    Oct 24

    SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical GUID changes

    Effective December 1, 2018, resource GUIDs for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical will change to simplify billing practices.

    Oct 17

    Azure SQL Database dev/test pricing available as part of Azure Enterprise dev/test offer

    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.

    Oct 4

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance name change and GUID migration

    Region names and resource GUIDs for Managed Instance General Purpose SQL License were changed on September 27, 2018.

    September 2018

    Sep 26

    Stream Analytics: Parallel SQL write operations

    To achieve fully parallel topologies, Azure Stream Analytics will transition SQL writes from serial to parallel operations while simultaneously allowing for batch size customizations.

    Sep 24

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance general purpose

    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.

    Sep 24

    Azure Database Migration Service: SQL to Azure SQL DB Managed Instance online migrations

    Migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using preview functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service.

    Sep 24

    Azure Database Migration Service: SQL to Azure SQL Database offline migration support

    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.

    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.

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