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November 2020

Nov 11

New version of SSMS and ADS tools for serverless SQL pools in Azure Synapse Analytics

NOW AVAILABLE

Serverless SQL pool released a new version of SSMS and ADS which improves scripting in object explorer and increases stability.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • SDK and Tools

October 2020

Oct 14

Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB: SQL serverless runtime support in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Synapse Link now offers preview support for querying Azure Cosmos DB data with Synapse SQL serverless.

  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features

September 2020

Sep 30

GA: Data Factory adds ORC data lake file format support for ADF Data Flows and Synapse Data Flows

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Factory (ADF) is adding new connector support to enable Optimized Row Columnar (ORC) format to data flows in ADF and Synapse Analytics in ADLS and Blob Store.

  • Data Factory
  • Features
Sep 30

Public Preview: Data Factory adds SQL Managed Instance (SQL MI) support for ADF Data Flows and Synapse Data Flows

IN PREVIEW

Azure Data Factory (ADF) is adding new connector support to SQL MI as a source and sink to data flows in ADF and Synapse Analytics in ADLS and Blob Store.

  • Data Factory
  • Features
Sep 30

New guided UI experience to deploy machine learning models in Azure Synapse Analytics (in preview)

IN PREVIEW

We are introducing a guided UI experience in the Synapse Studio that enables users to deploy machine learning models from the Azure Machine Learning model registry directly to Azure Synapse for inferencing.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
Sep 30

New Common Data Model connector for Apache Spark in Azure Synapse Analytics & Azure Databricks (in preview)

IN PREVIEW

This new Spark CDM connector requires zero configuration and is pre-installed with Azure Synapse Analytics. It can also be installed and used with Azure Databricks.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Features
Sep 23

Column-level encryption for Azure Synapse Analytics

IN PREVIEW

Azure Synapse Analytics already provides a breadth of options that can be used to handle sensitive data in a secure manner—we are expanding that support with the introduction of Column Level Encryption (CLE).

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 23

New MERGE command for Azure Synapse Analytics

IN PREVIEW

Users can now synchronize two tables in a single step, streamlining the data processing using a single step statement while improving code readability and debugging.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 23

COPY command now generally available in Azure Synapse Analytics

NOW AVAILABLE

The COPY command can now automatically parse your files to calculate file splits and can evenly distribute data chunks across the Synapse SQL compute nodes for parallel ingestion.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

High throughput output from Stream Analytics to Azure Synapse Analytics (General Availability)

NOW AVAILABLE

With a brand new output connector to Synapse SQL Pools, Stream Analytics can now support throughput rates even higher than 200MB/sec while ensuring ultra-low latencies.

  • Azure Stream Analytics
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Azure AD authentication features for Azure SQL DB, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure SQL Managed Instance

IN PREVIEW

These new preview features extend existing functionality, remove user limitations, and provide customers with greater ease of use when setting up Azure SQL Database or Azure SQL Managed Instance.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Apache Spark for Azure Synapse In-cluster Caching and Shuffle Service (Preview)

IN PREVIEW

Optimize performance on caching and shuffle with new services from Apache Spark for Azure Synapse

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Microsoft Ignite
Sep 22

Azure Synapse Link now supports Azure Cosmos DB API for Mongo DB (Preview)

IN PREVIEW

Analyze MongoDB data stored in Azure Cosmos DB collections using Azure Synapse Link.

  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Open Source
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features
Sep 22

Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB: SQL serverless runtime support coming soon

IN DEVELOPMENT

Run analytical T-SQL queries and build near-real time Power BI dashboards over Azure Cosmos DB data.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Microsoft Ignite
  • Features

August 2020

Aug 19

Cost optimization enhancements now available in Azure Advisor

NOW AVAILABLE

New Advisor cost optimization enhancements help you optimize and reduce your overall Azure spend.

  • Azure Advisor
  • Services

June 2020

Jun 25

Azure CLI June 2020 update

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure CLI continues to expand with support for new Azure services. This release includes 23 new modules to manage as many Azure services.

  • CLIs
  • SDK and Tools
Jun 10

Transparent data encryption with customer-managed keys for Azure SQL Database Hyperscale

IN PREVIEW

Transparent data encryption (TDE) helps protect Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Managed Instance, and Synapse SQL in Azure Synapse Analytics against the threat of malicious offline activity by encrypting data at rest.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Features
Jun 10

Azure SQL Database Hyperscale—Transparent data encryption with customer-managed keys now in preview

IN PREVIEW

For the Hyperscale service tier in Azure SQL Database, TDE with bring your own key (BYOK) support is now available in preview. TDE with BYOK gives customers full and granular control over usage and management of the database encryption key (also known as TDE protector) and enables central management of keys in Azure Key Vault.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Security
  • Features
Jun 5

Data Factory adds management hub, inline datasets, and support for CDM in data flows

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Factory adds new features for ADF pipelines, Synapse pipelines and data flow formats

  • Data Factory
  • Features

May 2020

May 26

Azure Synapse Analytics meter ID changes effective as of July 1, 2020

Effective July 1, 2020, the meter IDs of Azure Synapse Analytics will change.

  • Services

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