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    June 2019

    Jun 6

    High-Performance Computing Virtual Machines are now available in West US 2, East US

    HC-series Virtual Machines, designed to provide supercomputer-grade performance and scalability with the best price-performance on the public cloud, are now generally available in West US 2 and East US.

    May 2019

    May 31

    Azure Monitor for VMs is now available in West US 2

    Azure Monitor for VMs is now available in West US 2. Around the world, it's available in seven public regions.

    May 30

    Azure Monitor for VMs has a new data set for bound ports

    The VMBoundPort data set is now available for Azure Monitor for VMs customers in all supported Log Analytics workspace regions, including East US and West Europe.

    May 29

    Azure Mv2 Virtual Machines offering up to 6 TB memory are now generally available

    Azure Mv2-series virtual machines offering up to 208 vCPU in 3TB and 6 TB memory configurations are now available in US East and US East 2 regions. Mv2 VMs are certified by SAP for SAP HANA OLTP and OLAP production workloads.

    May 29

    Azure App Configuration is now available in preview

    Azure App Configuration provides a service to centrally manage application settings and helps secure their accesses. In addition, it helps developers to ship code faster by being able to easily “flight” their features in production using feature flags.

    May 23

    GPU and HPC VM Price Promotion now available

    Announcing newly discounted promotional pricing for the NCv1, NVv1, and Hv1-series VM families.

    May 20

    Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure – Public Preview

    Generation 2 (UEFI Boot) Virtual Machines available in Azure for public preview

    May 18

    Azure Virtual Machines NVv2 meter name change

    Effective July 1, 2019, the meter names for Azure Virtual Machines NVv2 will change.

    May 13

    Azure Virtual Machine PowerOff now available with fast shutdown

    You can now quickly and forcefully power off (stop) your Azure VM with the new skipShutdown flag.

    May 9

    Corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services

    We’ve corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services that impacted EA customers only.

    May 6

    Azure Shared Image Gallery is now generally available

    Azure Shared Image Gallery makes it easier to manage, share and distribute custom virtual machine (VM) images in Azure. Shared Image Gallery is now generally available in all public cloud regions.

    May 6

    Announcing Ephemeral OS Disk in Public Preview

    We are happy to announce Ephemeral OS disk in Public Preview. Ephemeral OS disks work well for stateless workloads, where applications are tolerant of individual VM failures and are more concerned about the time it takes to deploy at scale or to reimage the individual VMs.

    May 6

    Azure VMware Solutions is now generally available

    Run your VMware workloads natively on Azure with Azure VMware Solutions. This new category of Azure services, now available to the public, allows you to deploy your VMware-based applications on a dedicated and bare metal infrastructure in Azure.

    May 6

    Azure Quickstart Center enables new customers to build cloud projects with confidence

    The Azure Quickstart Center within the Azure portal enables new customers to use the self-guided approach to build cloud projects and accelerate deployment with ease.

    May 6

    Azure Serial Console updated with VMSS support and improved language support

    You may now use the Serial Console feature to troubleshoot connectivity issues in both VMs and individual VMSS instances in a variety of languages.

    April 2019

    Apr 1

    B-series update: B1ls is now available

    The new B1ls Azure virtual machine, which has the smallest memory and lowest cost among Azure VM instances, is now available.

    March 2019

    Mar 18

    Azure Backup SQL Servers running in Azure Virtual Machines is now generally available

    Target availability: Q1 2019

    Learn about this pay-as-you-go service that uses native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.

    Mar 6

    M-series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in the China North 2 region

    Azure M-series VMs are now available in the China North 2 region. M-series VMs offer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 3.8 TiB (4 TB) RAM and are certified for SAP HANA.