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    November 2019

    Nov 13

    Migrate SQL Server databases for Windows users to SQL managed instance

    Support is now available in preview for T-SQL Data Definition Language (DDL) for Windows users and groups migrating from SQL Server databases to SQL managed instance with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Nov 5

    Azure SQL Database—Billing for managed instance backup storage is now in effect

    Managed instance backup storage billing went into effect November 1, 2019. Backup storage is free of charge up to sizes equal to the size of the provisioned storage, while any additional GB is charged at a fixed amount depending on region.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Managed Instance
    • Management
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Nov 5

    Transparent data encryption with customer-managed keys for Azure SQL Database managed instance is now generally available

    Transparent data encryption (TDE) with customer-managed keys for Azure SQL Database managed instance is now generally available.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Compliance
    • Features
    • Security
    Nov 5

    Azure Private Link is now available in all regions

    Azure Private Link, which provides private connectivity to Azure services, is now available in all regions.

    • Azure Private Link
    • Virtual Network
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Azure Synapse Analytics
    • Storage Accounts
    • Azure Data Lake Storage
    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Security
    Nov 4

    New memory and compute optimized hardware options in Azure SQL Database

    Now in preview, M-series and Fsv2-series are new hardware options in Azure SQL Database specialized for workloads requiring very high compute or memory scale, or very fast CPU speed.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Nov 4

    UTF-8 support for Azure SQL Database is now available

    UTF-8 support is now generally available for Azure SQL Database, allowing more options to companies extending their businesses to a global scale, where the requirements of providing global multilingual database applications and services is critical to meet customer demands, and specific market regulations.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Nov 4

    New PowerApps and Azure SQL Database integration experience in Azure portal

    Now in preview, the Azure SQL Database experience in the Azure portal offers an entry point to create an app with PowerApps that’s automatically connected to a table in a given database. Quickly create low-code, robust user experiences for any device using data from your SQL Database tables.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Microsoft Ignite
    Nov 4

    New Stream Analytics and Azure SQL Database integration experience in Azure portal

    Stream real-time data into a SQL Database table directly from the Azure portal using Azure Stream Analytics (now in preview).

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Nov 4

    Azure SQL Database serverless is now generally available

    Azure SQL Database serverless is a new compute tier that optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage. Serverless automatically scales compute for single databases based on workload demand and bills for compute used per second.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Microsoft Ignite
    Nov 4

    SQL Server 2019 is now generally available

    Microsoft SQL Server 2019 is now generally available for purchase.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Services

    October 2019

    Oct 3

    Azure Data Share—Support for sharing data from Azure SQL and SQL Data Warehouse

    Azure Data Share service has added support for snapshot-based sharing from Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse. It's now possible to share both structured data (from Azure SQL and SQL DW) and unstructured data (from Azure Data Lake Store and Blob storage) with centralized management and governance.

    • Azure Data Share
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Azure Synapse Analytics
    • Features
    Oct 2

    Private Link for Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse is now in preview

    Private Link enables you to connect to Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse via a private endpoint.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    September 2019

    Sep 18

    Auto-failover for managed instances in Azure SQL Database is now available

    Now generally available, auto-failover groups enable business continuity after a catastrophic failure or other unplanned event by creating and managing a geographically redundant copy of a managed instance.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Sep 16

    Azure Private Link is now available in preview

    Target availability: Q3 2019

    Connect to services in your Azure virtual networks more securely and privately with Azure Private Link, now available in preview.

    • Virtual Network
    • Storage Accounts
    • Azure Data Lake Storage
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Azure Synapse Analytics
    • Compliance
    • Features
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Security
    • Services
    Sep 9

    Monthly payment options are now available for Azure reservations

    Lower your upfront payment by selecting monthly payment options—at no additional cost—when purchasing Azure reservations.

    • Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Azure Synapse Analytics
    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Management
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Sep 4

    Azure SQL Database—Instance pools are now in preview

    Instance pools is a new managed instance option that provides a convenient and cost-effective way to migrate smaller instances to the cloud at scale, reducing or eliminating the extra work of consolidating less compute-intensive workloads.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    August 2019

    Aug 21

    Azure SQL provides a unified management experience

    Azure SQL is a modern SQL platform that serves developers and enterprises by offering a rich selection of deployment options, powered by an industry leading SQL Server engine.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Aug 21

    SQL data discovery and classification for Azure SQL Database is now available

    SQL data discovery and classification, which provides advanced capabilities built into Azure SQL Database for discovering, classifying, labeling, and protecting sensitive data, is now available.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Aug 15

    Update to Azure SQL Database serverless increases compute scale limits by 4x

    We are now announcing the max vcore limit has increased by 4x to 16 vcores and provides greater compute scaling headroom for serverless databases with more demanding workloads.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    July 2019

    Jul 31

    Managed Instance enhances security with network traffic containment within Azure cloud

    The network traffic of Azure SQL Database managed instance is now contained within Azure cloud by default. This update enhances the security and prevents exfiltration of data via Internet.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Managed Instance
    • Features

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