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    December 2018

    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.

    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.

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