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Self-installations of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines can now benefit from performance-optimized storage configurations when they register with Resource Provider.
Managed instance, a deployment capability of Azure SQL Database, is transitioning from a manual to service-aided subnet configuration, now in preview.
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.
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 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.
Private Link enables you to connect to Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse via a private endpoint.
The Auto-failover groups feature of Azure SQL Database is now available for managed instance deployments in all regions.
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.
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.
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.
Target availability: Q3 2019
Connect to services in your Azure virtual networks more securely and privately with Azure Private Link, now available 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Here are the Azure Firewall feature updates for July 2019.
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 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.
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.
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