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Now generally available for vCore-based resource types in Azure SQL Database (excluding Managed Instance), dev/test pricing provides a cost-effective way to run your development and testing workloads on Azure SQL Database. With dev/test pricing for Azure SQL Database, you can save up to 55 percent versus list prices.
Target availability: September, 2018
New features are in preview for Azure Security Center.
Region names and resource GUIDs for Managed Instance General Purpose SQL License were changed on September 27, 2018.
To achieve fully parallel topologies, Azure Stream Analytics will transition SQL writes from serial to parallel operations while simultaneously allowing for batch size customizations.
Azure SQL Database Managed Instance general purpose will become generally available on October 1, 2018. Managed Instance provides the best of SQL Server with the benefits of a fully-managed service, allowing you to migrate your on-premises workloads to the cloud with minimal changes. The general purpose performance tier provides balanced and scalable compute and storage options that fit most business workloads.
Previously released under the name of SQL Operations Studio, Azure Data Studio offers a modern editor experience for managing data across multiple sources with fast intellisense, code snippets, source control integration, and an integrated terminal. Azure Data Studio is engineered with the data platform user in mind, with built-in charting of query result-sets and customizable dashboards.
Azure SQL Database Hyperscale is a new, highly scalable service tier that adapts on demand to your workload's needs, quickly auto-scaling up to 100 TB per database, eliminating the need to pre-provision storage resources, and significantly expanding the potential for app growth without being limited by storage size.
SQL Vulnerability Assessment is an easy-to-use service that continually monitors your database or data warehouse, ensuring those are maintained at a high level of security at all times and that your organizational policies are met.
Migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using preview functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service.
Now generally available, the Azure Database Migration Service provides you the ability to assess SQL Server workloads running on-premises or on VMs, and to perform offline migrations to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.
Azure Database for PostgreSQL can learn and adapt to your workloads. The preview release of performance recommendations provides a list of recommendations for creating new indexes to potentially improve the performance of your workloads.
Now in preview, migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime by using the Azure Database Migration Service.
Effective October 1, 2018, the managed instance general purpose tier in SQL Database will be generally available and names will change.
Azure SQL Database reserved capacity is now available for single and elastic pool databases, expanding our commitment to making Azure the most cost-effective cloud for your workloads. This new pricing option saves you up to 33 percent compared to license-included pricing by pre-paying for your SQL Database vCores for a one-year or three-year term. Save up to 80 percent when you combine reserved capacity savings with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server.
The vCore-based purchasing model for elastic pools and single databases is generally available.
SQL Database auto-failover groups are now generally available.
Configurable long-term backup retention for Azure SQL Database is now generally available in all Azure regions and national clouds.
Business Critical service tier, designed for applications with the highest availability and I/O requirements, is now available in Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.
Instant data movement powers two times faster query performance for SQL Data Warehouse customers
The business-critical performance tier is now available to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. Designed for mission-critical business apps with high I/O requirements, business critical supports high availability with the highest level of storage and compute redundancy.