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    November 2019

    Nov 14

    Azure Disk Encryption in more places, and more services offering customer-managed keys

    Azure Disk Encryption enables you to encrypt your Azure Virtual Machine disks with your keys safeguarded in Azure Key Vault.

    • Security Center
    • Security
    Nov 14

    Extension of Customer Lockbox for Microsoft Azure beyond virtual machines

    Customer Lockbox provides customers the capability to control Azure support engineers' access to workloads that contain customer data This expanded support now provides customers control over access to their data for a larger set of Azure offerings.

    • Security Center
    • Security
    Nov 6

    Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialized images in preview

    Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialized images in preview. This feature enables you to create specialized image versions using multiple snapshots (OS disk and data disks).

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Management
    • Microsoft Ignite
    Nov 6

    HDInsight HBase Accelerated Writes is now generally available

    Target availability: Q4 2019

    The accelerated writes feature in the HDInsight HBase cluster attaches a Premium SSD managed disk to every region server (worker node). Write ahead logs are configured to be written to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) mounted on premium managed disks instead of standard Azure page blobs. Premium managed disks are SSD-based and offer excellent I/O performance with fault tolerance. Using premium managed disks for WALs allows us to separate write ahead log storage from Apache HBase data storage.

    • HDInsight
    • Microsoft Ignite
    Nov 5

    Azure Site Recovery now cleans up deallocated (failed back) VMs and NICs

    With this update, Site Recovery now cleans up the deallocated (failed back) VMs and NICs. In addition, if you disable replication after failback, Site Recovery cleans up the disks in the secondary region, in addition to the VMs and NICs.

    • Azure Site Recovery
    • Features
    Nov 4

    Azure generation 2 virtual machines (VMs) are now generally available

    Generation 2 VMs are now generally available in Azure. New available features include Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX), support for large VMs (up to 12 TBs), and the ability to provision OS Disks sizes that exceed 2 TBs.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
    • Features
    • Services
    Nov 4

    New Azure Dav4-series and Eav4-seriesvirtual machines are now available.

    New Azure Dav4-series and Eav4-series virtual machines (VMs) based on AMD EPYC™ are now available. They are ideal for general purpose and memory intensive workloads.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
    • Features
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services

    October 2019

    Oct 17

    SR-IOV availability on NCv3 Virtual Machines SKU

    We are announcing enhancements to enable support for all MPI implementations and versions, and RDMA verbs for InfiniBand-equipped virtual machines, beginning with NCv3 coming in early November 2019.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    Oct 17

    Azure Backup support for large disks up to 32 TB is now generally available

    Azure Backup support for larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disks of up to 32 TB is now generally available. No user action is required to get the backups running for the large sized disks, if the virtual machine is already configured with Azure Backup.

    • Azure Backup
    • Features
    Oct 16

    Performance-optimized storage configuration for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

    Self-installations of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines can now benefit from performance-optimized storage configurations when they register with Resource Provider.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features

    September 2019

    Sep 20

    Azure Premium SSD managed disks meter ID changes

    Starting November 1, 2019, the meter IDs for snapshots of Azure Premium SSD managed disks will change.

    • Managed Disks
    • Services
    Sep 12

    Azure Backup support for large disks up to 30 TB is now in public preview

    Announcing the public preview support for larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disks of up to 30 TB size.

    • Azure Backup
    • Features

    August 2019

    Aug 23

    Storage Ultra Disks meter name change

    Effective October 1, 2019, the meter (also known as resource GUID) names for Ultra Disks in US East 2 regions will change.

    • Managed Disks
    • Services
    Aug 21

    Help protect large data disks Azure Site Recovery

    Protect large data disks of up to 8 TB in size with Azure Site Recovery.

    • Azure Site Recovery
    • Management
    Aug 15

    Microsoft Azure Ultra Disks now generally available

    Microsoft Azure Ultra Disks is the new managed disks offering which is now generally available for running data intensive business critical workloads on cloud requiring high IO performance and low latency

    • Managed Disks
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services
    Aug 13

    Announcing Azure Backup limited public preview support for large disks up to 30TB size

    Today, we are announcing the limited public preview of larger and more powerful Azure Managed Disks of up to 30 TiB size. This preview provides production level support for managed virtual machines.

    • Azure Backup
    • Features
    • Services
    Aug 9

    Disaster recovery of Azure Disk Encryption-enabled virtual machines

    Azure Site Recovery now supports disaster recovery for Azure Disk Encryption-enabled virtual machines without Azure Active Directory app.

    • Azure Site Recovery
    • Features
    Aug 8

    New AMD-based Azure VMs for general purpose and memory intensive workloads in preview

    New AMD-based Azure Dav3 and Eav3-series virtual machines – ideal for general purpose and memory intensive workloads – are now in Preview.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings
    • Services

    July 2019

    Jul 30

    GPU Optimized Visualization VMs now available in South Central US, West US, West Europe and North Europe Azure Regions

    NVv3-Series VMs are now available in South Central US, West US, West Europe and North Europe Azure regions.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Jul 23

    Azure portal July 2019 feature update

    This month, Azure portal updates include updates to Azure Security Center, the ability to use ephemeral OS disks on Azure VMs, sending Windows diagnostics data to Azure Monitor and more.

    • Microsoft Azure portal
    • Features

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