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August 2018

Aug 22

Azure SQL Database managed instance general purpose availability coming soon

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance general purpose will become generally available on October 1, 2018. Managed Instance is a new deployment option providing near full compatibility with SQL Server, allowing you to migrate your on-premises workloads to the cloud with minimal changes.

Aug 22

Support for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database online migrations

Now in preview, migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime by using the Azure Database Migration Service.

Aug 21

Managed instance general purpose name changes

Effective October 1, 2018, the managed instance general purpose tier in SQL Database will be generally available and names will change.

Aug 8

Save up to 80 percent with reserved capacity and Azure hybrid benefit

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.

July 2018

Jul 17

General availability: vCore-based purchasing model for SQL databases and elastic pools

The vCore-based purchasing model for elastic pools and single databases is generally available.

Jul 17

General availability: SQL Database auto-failover groups

SQL Database auto-failover groups are now generally available.

Jul 17

General availability: Configurable long-term backup retention for Azure SQL Database

Configurable long-term backup retention for Azure SQL Database is now generally available in all Azure regions and national clouds.

Jul 16

Public preview: Business Critical service tier in Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Business Critical service tier, designed for applications with the highest availability and I/O requirements, is now available in Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.

Jul 16

SQL Data Warehouse now powered by instant data movement

Instant data movement powers two times faster query performance for SQL Data Warehouse customers

Jul 16

Azure SQL Database managed instance business-critical tier in preview

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.

Jul 16

New purchasing model for Azure SQL Database

The vCore-based purchasing model for Azure SQL Database Elastic pools and Single databases is now generally available. The purchasing model is in addition to the existing DTU-based model. Designed to give you flexibility, control, transparency and an easier way to compare to on-premises workloads, it allows you to scale compute, storage and IO independently based upon your workload needs.

Jul 16

Long-term backup retention feature of Azure SQL Database now generally available

The long-term backup retention feature is available in all Azure regions and provides greater flexibility in setting your retention policies and managing individual backups. Backups also now use read-access geo-redundant storage (RA-GRS) storage, which provides an even higher degree of protection for your data.

Jul 16

Azure SQL Database supports auto-failover

Auto-failover groups are now generally available for Azure SQL Database, supporting transparent geographic failover of multiple databases with automatic activation.

June 2018

Jun 28

Update reports for improved meter names

Effective mid-August 2018, we’ll introduce improved standardized names for Azure Virtual Machines. Name changes for all other services will be effective the first week of October 2018.

Jun 27

Zone redundant configuration for premium service tier of Azure SQL Database—GA

Announcing the general availability of zone redundant premium databases and elastic pools in select regions.

Jun 27

SQL Database storage add-ons GUID migration and name changes

Effective August 1, 2018, general availability pricing for storage add-ons in Azure SQL Database will begin, which will change names and GUIDs.

Jun 27

US Government SQL Database storage add-ons GUID migration and name changes

Effective August 1, 2018, global GUIDs will break out into regional meters, which will affect names.

Jun 27

Improvements to meter names for Enterprise Agreement customers

Effective August 16, 2018, we’ll introduce improved standardized meter names for Virtual Machines. Meter name changes for all other services will be effective by the end of October 2018.

Jun 27

General availability: Zone-redundant Azure SQL databases and elastic pools

Zone-redundant SQL single databases and elastic pools are now generally available in select regions.

Jun 27

Improvements to meter names

Effective August 17, 2018, we’ll introduce improved standardized names for Virtual Machines. Name changes for all other services will be effective the first week of October 2018.

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