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November 2019

Nov 4

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

IN PREVIEW

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

  • Azure SQL Database
Nov 4

Azure SQL Database serverless is now generally available

NOW 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
Nov 4

SQL Server 2019 is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Microsoft SQL Server 2019 is now generally available for purchase.

  • Azure SQL Database

October 2019

Oct 3

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

NOW AVAILABLE

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
Oct 2

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

IN PREVIEW

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

  • Azure SQL Database

September 2019

Sep 18

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

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
Sep 16

Azure Private Link is now available in preview

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
Sep 9

Monthly payment options are now available for Azure reservations

NOW AVAILABLE

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
Sep 4

Azure SQL Database—Instance pools are now in preview

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

August 2019

Aug 21

Azure SQL provides a unified management experience

IN PREVIEW

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
Aug 21

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

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
Aug 15

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

NOW AVAILABLE

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

July 2019

Jul 31

Managed Instance enhances security with network traffic containment within Azure cloud

NOW AVAILABLE

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
Jul 24

SQL Server CTP 3.2 big data cluster is now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Big data clusters, one of the hero features for SQL Server 2019, is now available in preview. It combines SQL Server with Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System for a unified data platform that enables analytics and AI over all data, relational and non-relational.

  • Azure SQL Database
Jul 16

Introducing UTF-8 support for Azure SQL Database

IN PREVIEW

Support for the widely used UTF-8 character encoding is now available as preview in Azure SQL Database, as a database-level or column-level default encoding for Unicode string data.

  • Azure SQL Database
Jul 11

Azure SQL Database published the first in the industry business continuity SLA for a relational database service

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure SQL database service has updated its service level agreement (SLA) offering guarantees for common disaster recovery metrics.

  • Azure SQL Database
Jul 9

Update to Azure SQL Database serverless provides even greater price optimization

NOW AVAILABLE

The minimum configurable auto-pause delay has decreased to 1 hour providing even greater price optimization opportunities for serverless databases.

  • Azure SQL Database
Jul 1

Azure Cosmos DB ExpressRoute BGP Community now available

NOW AVAILABLE

We are now announcing the addition of the Azure Cosmos DB community on ExpressRoute, which will allow for regional advertisements of Azure Cosmos DB.

  • Azure ExpressRoute
  • Storage Accounts
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Azure SQL Database

June 2019

Jun 26

New Active geo-replication optimization is coming to production soon in Azure SQL DB

IN DEVELOPMENT

Target availability: Q3 2019

New Active geo-replication optimization is coming to production in Azure SQL DB

  • Azure SQL Database
Jun 26

New Managed Instance Contributor role enhances security of Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance now introduces new Azure RBAC role Managed Instance Contributor designed with a minimum set of permissions required to provision and operate managed instance.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Managed Instance

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