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    October 2019

    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
    Oct 15

    Service-aided subnet configuration for managed instance in Azure SQL Database is now in preview

    Managed instance, a deployment capability of Azure SQL Database, is transitioning from a manual to service-aided subnet configuration, now in preview.

    • Compliance
    • Features
    • Management
    • Security
    Oct 8

    New reference data options in Stream Analytics—SQL Managed Instance and SQL Server on VM

    Target availability: Q4 2019

    It's now possible to configure an Azure SQL Database Managed Instance or even a SQL server running on a virtual machine as a reference data input for you Stream Analytics job.

    • Azure Stream Analytics
    • Features
    Oct 8

    New output options in Azure Stream Analytics—SQL Managed Instance and SQL Server on VM

    It’s now possible to configure an Azure SQL Database Managed Instance or even a SQL server running on a virtual machine as an output in your Stream Analytics job.

    • Azure Stream Analytics
    • Features
    Oct 3

    Azure Data Share—Support for sharing data from Azure SQL and SQL Data Warehouse

    Azure Data Share service has added support for snapshot-based sharing from Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse. It's now possible to share both structured data (from Azure SQL and SQL DW) and unstructured data (from Azure Data Lake Store and Blob storage) with centralized management and governance.

    • Azure Data Share
    • Azure SQL Database
    • SQL Data Warehouse
    • Features
    Oct 2

    Private Link for Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse is now in preview

    Private Link enables you to connect to Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse via a private endpoint.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    September 2019

    Sep 18

    Azure SQL Database—Auto-failover groups feature now available in all regions

    The Auto-failover groups feature of Azure SQL Database is now available for managed instance deployments in all regions.

    • Features
    • Services
    Sep 18

    Copy Activity in Azure Data Factory supports creating a destination table automatically

    Load data faster with new support from the Copy Activity feature in Azure Data Factory. Now, if you’re trying to copy data from any supported source into SQL database/data warehouse and find that the destination table doesn’t exist, Copy Activity will create it automatically.

    • Data Factory
    • Features
    Sep 18

    Audit logging on Azure Database for PostgreSQL is now in preview

    Audit logging on Azure SQL Database for PostgreSQL via PGAudit is now available in preview. Produce audit logs of events including writes, reads, role changes, and DDL with the audit extension.

    • Azure Database for PostgreSQL
    • Features
    Sep 18

    Auto-failover for managed instances in Azure SQL Database is now available

    Now generally available, auto-failover groups enable business continuity after a catastrophic failure or other unplanned event by creating and managing a geographically redundant copy of a managed instance.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Sep 16

    Azure Private Link is now available in preview

    Target availability: Q3 2019

    Connect to services in your Azure virtual networks more securely and privately with Azure Private Link, now available in preview.

    • Virtual Network
    • Storage Accounts
    • Azure Data Lake Storage
    • Azure SQL Database
    • SQL Data Warehouse
    • Compliance
    • Features
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Security
    • Services
    Sep 4

    Azure SQL Database—Instance pools are now in preview

    Instance pools is a new managed instance option that provides a convenient and cost-effective way to migrate smaller instances to the cloud at scale, reducing or eliminating the extra work of consolidating less compute-intensive workloads.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features

    August 2019

    Aug 21

    Global trace flags are now available in Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    You can now enable trace flags on Azure SQL Database Managed Instance to increase compatibility of your Managed Instance Database Engine and SQL Server Database Engine.

    • Features
    Aug 21

    SQL data discovery and classification for Azure SQL Database is now available

    SQL data discovery and classification, which provides advanced capabilities built into Azure SQL Database for discovering, classifying, labeling, and protecting sensitive data, is now available.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    Aug 15

    Update to Azure SQL Database serverless increases compute scale limits by 4x

    We are now announcing the max vcore limit has increased by 4x to 16 vcores and provides greater compute scaling headroom for serverless databases with more demanding workloads.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    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 8

    Azure Firewall feature updates for July 2019

    Here are the Azure Firewall feature updates for July 2019.

    • Azure Firewall
    • Virtual Network
    • Features
    • Services

    July 2019

    Jul 31

    Managed Instance enhances security with network traffic containment within Azure cloud

    The network traffic of Azure SQL Database managed instance is now contained within Azure cloud by default. This update enhances the security and prevents exfiltration of data via Internet.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Managed Instance
    • Features
    Jul 24

    Azure Mv2-series virtual machines (VMs) offering up to 6 TB of memory are now available for the US West 2 region

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

    • Virtual Machines
    • M-series
    • Services
    Jul 16

    Introducing UTF-8 support for Azure SQL Database

    Support for the widely used UTF-8 character encoding is now available as preview in Azure SQL Database, as a database-level or column-level default encoding for Unicode string data.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Features
    • Regions & Datacenters

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