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    October 2018

    Oct 15

    Limited public preview: Premium blobs in the Azure portal

    You can create and manage premium blob storage accounts from the Azure portal. This preview is available in the US East 2, US Central, and US West regions.

    September 2018

    Sep 26

    Public preview: Virtual network service endpoint policies for Azure Storage

    Virtual network service endpoint policies for Azure Storage are now in preview.

    Sep 24

    Greater storage capacity and performance with new Azure Disks SKUs.

    New Azure Managed Disks SKUs for premium SSDs, standard SSDs, and standard HDDs will reach up to 32 TiB (32,767 GB). Performance will now reach up to 20,000 IOPS and 750 MBps.

    June 2018

    Jun 28

    Static website hosting for Azure Storage now in public preview

    Today we are excited to announce the public preview of static website hosting for Azure Storage

    Jun 27

    Announcing the preview for Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2

    Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 offers a no-compromise data lake. It unifies the core capabilities from the first generation of Azure Data Lake with a Hadoop compatible file system endpoint now directly integrated into Azure Blob Storage. This enhancement combines the scale and cost benefits of object storage with the reliability and performance typically associated only with on-premises file systems. This new file system includes a full hierarchical namespace that makes files and folders first class citizens, translating to faster, more reliable analytic job execution.

    Jun 5

    SQL Data Warehouse PolyBase support for Azure Storage Encryption using customer-managed keys

    PolyBase in SQL Data Warehouse, the preferred loading mechanism, can transparently read data from the encrypted storage layer and move the data in a secure way by using the WASBS protocol.

    Jun 4

    Standard SSD Disks for Azure Virtual Machines is now in public preview

    Azure Standard SSDs are a cost-effective Managed Disk solution optimized for dev-test and entry-level production applications requiring consistent latency.

    May 2018

    May 30

    General availability: Soft delete for Azure Storage blobs

    Soft delete for Azure Storage is available in all regions for public, government, and sovereign clouds.

    May 30

    Refresh 2 release for Azure File Sync preview

    If you want to take your current deployment of Azure File Sync seamlessly to the upcoming GA release, be sure to update your server agent to Refresh 2.

    May 16

    GUID migration: Storage Managed Disks

    Effective July 1, 2018, Premium Managed Disks customers will be migrated to new GUIDs.

    April 2018

    Apr 16

    GUID migration: Zone Redundant Storage

    Starting June 1, 2018, we will migrate the GUIDs of zone-redundant snapshots and images for managed disks from Locally Redundant Storage GUIDs to Zone Redundant Storage GUIDs.

    Apr 2

    General availability: Azure zone-redundant snapshots and images for managed disks

    Azure zone-redundant snapshots and images for Managed Disks are now generally available.

    March 2018

    Mar 30

    General availability: Zone-redundant storage

    Simplify development of highly available applications by storing three replicas of your data in different Availability Zones with zone-redundant storage.

    Mar 27

    Public preview: Soft delete for Azure Storage blobs

    Soft delete for Azure Storage Blobs is in public preview. The feature is one part of a complete data protection strategy and can help prevent inadvertent data loss.

    February 2018

    Feb 27

    Public preview: Azure Backup integration with Azure Files

    You can back up file shares automatically based on policy and restore instantly to a point in time by using the Azure portal.

    January 2018

    Jan 31

    General availability: Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Firewalls for Azure Storage

    "Virtual Network Service Endpoints" and "Firewalls and Virtual Networks for Azure Storage" are generally available in all regions in the Azure public cloud and Azure Government.

    December 2017

    Dec 14

    GUID migration: Managed Disks and Blob storage

    As of December 6, 2017, consumption for Managed Disks and consumption for Blob storage are measured using separate GUIDs.

    November 2017

    Nov 20

    Name changes: Azure Queue storage

    Effective December 1, 2017, billing service names for Azure Queue storage will change.