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Azure SQL Database enables the direct load of files stored in Azure Blob storage by using BULK INSERT and OPENROWSET commands.
Azure Managed Disks and large scale sets are generally available.
The new Azure Marketplace experience will help you discover and deploy products, deep dive for more info, and get hands-on experience.
The newest release of the Data Movement Library supports more advanced features.
The introduction of larger block blobs increases the maximum file size from 195 GB to 4.77 TB.
Accounts enabled with Storage Service Encryption will have data encrypted with Microsoft-managed keys using the industry-leading encryption algorithm, AES-256.
Offering an SLA for 99.9 percent availability, Premium Storage is now available in the North Central US region, as well as other regions previously announced.
A hotfix has been released to address the breaking changes in Azure PowerShell versions 1.4–1.6 and versions 2.0 and later.
Azure Blob storage accounts with hot and cool storage tiers are generally available in Canada Central and Canada East.
Azure Blob storage accounts with hot and cool storage tiers are generally available in three additional regions: South Central US, Asia East, and Australia East.
The Azure Search Blob indexer can now parse JSON documents while preserving document structure.
Cool Blob storage is now generally available. With the new Blob storage accounts, you can choose Hot and Cool access tiers to store data cost-effectively depending on its access pattern.
Azure Storage Service Encryption is now available for Azure Blob Storage (block and page blobs) upon request for any new storage account created through Azure Resource Manager.
Azure Premium Storage is now available in the Australia Southeast and East Asia regions.
Premium Storage is now available in the South Central US region in addition to other regions previously announced.
Azure Premium Storage is designed to support I/O intensive workloads, and it is available in the East US region.
Offering an SLA for 99.9 percent availability, Premium Storage is now available in the Central US and North Europe regions.
Support is available for Azure Compute, Network, and Storage providers under Azure Resource Manager in Australia East, Australia Southeast, and Brazil South.
Shift existing file shares and corresponding applications to Azure with zero code change, and lower overall file-sharing costs.
Azure File Storage is generally available, and it provides fully managed file shares in the cloud.