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September 2018

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.

October 2017

Oct 27

Public preview expansion: VNet Service Endpoints and Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks

The public previews for Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Firewalls and Virtual Networks for Azure Storage have been expanded to include all regions in the Azure public cloud.

September 2017

Sep 27

Preview: Azure Data Box

The Azure Data Box service is in preview. You can use it to move hundreds of terabytes of data into Azure with high speed, by using secure transfer appliances.

Sep 26

Azure Data Box

The Azure Data Box is a secure, ruggedized, tamper resistant appliance created by Microsoft to help customers transfer large amounts of data into Azure Storage.

Sep 21

Support for blob storage lease management from the Azure portal

You can conveniently manage leases on containers and blobs of storage accounts right from the Azure portal.

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