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    February 2017

    Feb 23

    Public preview: Loading files from Azure Blob storage into Azure SQL Database

    Azure SQL Database enables the direct load of files stored in Azure Blob storage by using BULK INSERT and OPENROWSET commands.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Storage Accounts
    • Features
    Feb 11

    General availability: Azure Managed Disks and large scale sets

    Azure Managed Disks and large scale sets are generally available.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Virtual Machines
    • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
    Feb 6

    Announcing the new Azure Marketplace experience

    The new Azure Marketplace experience will help you discover and deploy products, deep dive for more info, and get hands-on experience.

    • HDInsight
    • Marketplace
    • Storage Accounts
    • Virtual Machines
    • Virtual Network
    • Web Apps
    • Features
    • Gallery
    • Services

    January 2017

    Jan 17

    Azure Storage Data Movement Library 0.5.0 release

    The newest release of the Data Movement Library supports more advanced features.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Features

    December 2016

    Dec 22

    General availability: Larger block blobs in Azure Storage

    The introduction of larger block blobs increases the maximum file size from 195 GB to 4.77 TB.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Features

    September 2016

    Sep 29

    Generally available: Storage Service Encryption for Azure Storage

    Accounts enabled with Storage Service Encryption will have data encrypted with Microsoft-managed keys using the industry-leading encryption algorithm, AES-256.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Features
    • Services
    Sep 29

    Generally available: Azure Premium Storage in an additional region

    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.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Sep 13

    Azure PowerShell 1.7: Hotfix for breaking changes

    A hotfix has been released to address the breaking changes in Azure PowerShell versions 1.4–1.6 and versions 2.0 and later.

    • Storage Accounts
    • SDK and Tools

    July 2016

    Jul 1

    General availability: Azure cool blob storage in Canada

    Azure Blob storage accounts with hot and cool storage tiers are generally available in Canada Central and Canada East.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Features
    • Regions & Datacenters

    June 2016

    Jun 23

    General availability: Azure cool blob storage in new regions

    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.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Regions & Datacenters

    May 2016

    May 3

    Public preview: Azure Search Blob indexer parses structured JSON content

    The Azure Search Blob indexer can now parse JSON documents while preserving document structure.

    • Azure Search
    • Storage Accounts
    • Features

    April 2016

    Apr 29

    General availability: Azure Cool Blob storage

    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.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Features
    Apr 1

    Public preview: Azure Storage Service Encryption

    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.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings

    February 2016

    Feb 3

    General availablity: Azure Premium Storage in additional regions

    Azure Premium Storage is now available in the Australia Southeast and East Asia regions.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services

    January 2016

    Jan 14

    General availability: Azure Premium Storage in South Central US region

    Premium Storage is now available in the South Central US region in addition to other regions previously announced.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services

    November 2015

    Nov 12

    General availability: Azure Premium Storage in East US region

    Azure Premium Storage is designed to support I/O intensive workloads, and it is available in the East US region.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services

    October 2015

    Oct 15

    General availability: Azure Premium Storage in additional regions

    Offering an SLA for 99.9 percent availability, Premium Storage is now available in the Central US and North Europe regions.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Services
    Oct 7

    Support for IaaS under Azure Resource Manager in Australia and Brazil regions

    Support is available for Azure Compute, Network, and Storage providers under Azure Resource Manager in Australia East, Australia Southeast, and Brazil South.

    • ExpressRoute
    • Load Balancer
    • Storage Accounts
    • Virtual Machines
    • Virtual Network
    • VPN Gateway
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Oct 2

    General availability: Azure File Storage

    Shift existing file shares and corresponding applications to Azure with zero code change, and lower overall file-sharing costs.

    • Storage Accounts

    September 2015

    Sep 30

    General availability: Azure File Storage

    Azure File Storage is generally available, and it provides fully managed file shares in the cloud.

    • Storage Accounts
    • Services

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