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Direct upload of Azure Managed Disks provides a simplified workflow for uploading an on-premises VHD directly into an empty managed disk or copy a managed disk to another Azure region for regional migration or expansion.
Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 Python, .NET, Java, and JS filesystem SDKs are now generally available in all Azure regions.
Additional libraries for working with Azure services are now generally available.
Azure Shared Disks is a shared block storage offering, enabling customers to run latency-sensitive workloads without compromising on well-known deployment patterns for fast failover and high availability.
Azure Files Active Directory (AD) Authentication is now in preview. Use it to mount your Azure Files using AD credentials with the exact same access control experience as on-premises.
Target retirement date: December 31, 2022
Microsoft has been expanding the portfolio of Azure Hybrid storage capabilities with new services for data tiering and cloud ingestion, providing more options to customers for storing data in Azure in native formats. In conjunction with this, support for the following StorSimple versions will end December 31, 2022.
Azure Data Factory copy activity now supports resume from last failed run when you copy files between file-based data stores to ease large volumes of data ingestion and migration.
Azure Data Box Disk is now available in the East Asia (Hong Kong) region. This is in addition to the other Azure regions where Data Box Disk is already available—US, EU, Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Azure Government (US).
Azure Data Factory copy activity now supports preserving metadata during file copy among Amazon S3, Azure Blob, and Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2.
The Azure Logic Apps updates for September and October 2019 include features, connector updates, and announcements about regional deployments.
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.
A number of new capabilities for Azure Monitor application change analysis have been added, including at scale onboarding, richer diagnostics, impact analysis and more new features.
App Service now has improved integration with Azure Monitor, the cloud's centralized telemetry service. This gives development and operations teams greater insight into their Windows and Linux web apps.
Azure NetApp Files , one of the fastest growing bare-metal Azure services, has achieved SAP HANA certification for both scale-up and scale-out deployments.
High-performance workloads that require file access can now use Azure HPC Cache to minimize latency, improve availability, and increase throughput.
Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 can now publish events about individual changes to files and directories to Azure Event Grid.
Self-installations of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines can now benefit from performance-optimized storage configurations when they register with Resource Provider.
Hybrid storage appliances expand availability in APAC
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.
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