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September 2018

Sep 25

Ultra SSD, a new Azure Managed Disks offering, now available in preview.

Ultra SSD, a new Azure Managed Disks offering for your most demanding data-intensive workloads, is now available in preview.

Sep 25

Azure Data Box Gateway now in preview

Azure Data Box Gateway is a virtual appliance that acts as a storage gateway and creates a link between your site and Azure Storage.

Sep 25

Azure Data Box heavy edition now available for petabyte-sized data transfers

The Azure Data Box heavy edition is a secure, ruggedized appliance shipped to customers to facilitate petabyte-sized offline data transfers to Azure Storage.

Sep 25

Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop enables you to get the best virtual desktop with the full Windows 10 and an optimized Office 365 ProPlus experience. It enables you to stream the full desktop or apps to any device.

Sep 24

Azure API Management update September 24

Learn about the latest regular update to Azure API Management.

Sep 24

Logic Apps available in Azure China cloud

Logic Apps is available in the Azure China cloud.

Sep 24

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance general purpose

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.

Sep 24

Azure Premium Blob Storage now in preview

Azure Blob Storage introduces a new performance tier—Premium Blog Storage, complimenting the existing hot, cool, and archive tiers.

Sep 24

Avere vFXT for Azure

The Avere vFXT for Azure provides high-performance file access for high-performance computing (HPC) applications. It arms applications owners and computing directors tasked with managing critical high-performance computing workloads with scalability, flexibility, and easy access to cloud based and file-based storage locations.

Sep 24

Azure Premium Files is now available in limited preview

Azure Premium Files provides fully managed file services, optimized to deliver consistent performance at 100 times improvement from the existing Azure Files. It's designed for IO intensive enterprise workloads that require high throughput and a single digit millisecond latency. With the introduction of Premium Files, Azure now offers you a choice for two types of shared files storage to fit your workload needs—premium and standard.

Sep 24

Event Hubs on Azure Stack

Azure Event Hubs is a big data streaming platform and event ingestion service, capable of receiving and processing millions of events per second, that can now run on Azure Stack.

Sep 24

Azure SQL Database: Hyperscale in preview

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.

Sep 24

Azure Advisor: New recommendations and tighter integrations

Additional recommendations are now available in Azure Advisor, your personalized guide to Azure best practices. Advisor is a free service that helps you optimize your Azure resources to reduce costs, boost performance, strengthen security, and improve reliability.

Sep 24

Bring your own storage to App Service on Linux

App Service now supports the ability for customers to bring additional storage accounts to their Linux web apps

Sep 24

Azure Databricks Delta now in preview

The delta feature is now available in preview at no additional cost in the premium SKU of Azure Databricks. With delta, customers get better data reliability, improved performance for their jobs and queries, and opportunity to simplify their data pipelines. Delta is a transactional storage layer in Azure Databricks. With delta, we're enabling customers to simplify building high performance analytics solution at scale using Azure Databricks and get better reliability and higher performance on Spark jobs and queries.

Sep 24

Azure Cosmos DB Cassandra API now generally available

With the Azure Cosmos DB Cassandra API, experience the power of the Azure Cosmos DB platform with the familiarity of your favorite Apache Cassandra SDKs and tools.

Sep 24

Greater storage capacity and performance with new Azure Disks SKUs.

New Azure Managed Disks SKUs for premium SSDs, standard SSDs, and standard HDDs will reach up to 32 TiB (32,767 GB). Performance will now reach up to 20,000 IOPS and 750 MBps.

Sep 24

ExpressRoute Direct in preview

ExpressRoute Direct allows customers to use the functionality of ExpressRoute and connect directly to the global Microsoft backbone at 100 Gbps. This enables customers who have scenarios like massive data ingestion to storage, physical isolation, dedicated capacity, and burst capacity to take advantage of Microsoft’s global backbone to access Azure regions at tremendous scale. This is backed with the enterprise-grade 99.95 percent SLA for port pair availability.

Sep 24

Azure CDN Standard Microsoft tier Generally Available

Using Azure CDN’s multi-CDN platform you can use CDN services from Verizon, Akamai and now Microsoft all in one place through familiar Azure Portal, ARM, CLI and command line experiences. Deep integration with Azure services quickly lets you spin up CDN with your web app, storage or any service you choose.

Sep 24

SQL Data Warehouse name change and GUID migration

Effective November 1, 2018, GUIDs and resource names for the Storage meters for SQL Data Warehouse customers will change.

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