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    June 2019

    Jun 14

    Default backup retention period for DTU-based Azure SQL databases is changing soon

    Target availability: Q3 2019

    The default retention period for DTU-based Azure SQL databases is changing to 7 days

    Jun 12

    Azure SQL Database default configuration changing soon

    Target availability: Q2 2019

    With the latest Gen 5 hardware in place, we are making a change to the default configuration for all new Azure SQL databases and elastic pools.

    Jun 12

    Dev/test pricing option for individual Visual Studio subscribers is now available for Azure SQL Database managed instance

    Dev/test pricing option for individual Visual Studio subscribers is now available for Azure SQL Database managed instance.

    Jun 12

    General availability: 4 vCore Azure SQL Database managed instances on Gen5 hardware

    Four vCore Azure SQL Database managed instances are now available on Gen5 hardware for the General Purpose and Business Critical Service tiers.

    Jun 12

    Azure SQL Database managed instance now supports larger regional resource limitations

    Azure SQL Database managed instance has increased both types of regional limits – the maximum number of subnets and maximum number of instances that could be deployed per region, allowing much larger managed instance deployments without the need to request quota increase through Azure support tickets.

    May 2019

    May 24

    General availability: Zone-redundant SQL databases and elastic pools are now generally available in three additional regions

    Target availability: Q2 2019

    Zone-redundant SQL databases and elastic pools are now generally available in these additional regions: UK South, East US and East US 2.

    May 22

    General Availability: Time zone choice for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    Time zone choice for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance eliminating need for any changes in the existing applications when migrating to cloud is now generally available.

    May 6

    Azure SQL Database serverless compute tier is now in preview

    Azure SQL Database serverless is a new compute tier that optimizes price performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage.

    May 6

    Azure SQL Database managed instance SKU recommendation for Data Migration Assistant is now available

    Expand the scope of on-premises SQL Server assessments to migrate legacy SQL Server instances to Azure SQL Database managed instances with the new Azure SQL Database SKU recommendation functionality, which is now generally available.

    May 6

    Azure SQL Database Hyperscale support for single databases is now available

    The new Hyperscale service tier for Azure SQL Database is highly scalable, enabling a database to grow as needed with support for up to 100TB.

    April 2019

    Apr 10

    Public Preview: Time zone choice for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance now brings even more compatibility by offering a choice of time zone to eliminate need for any changes in the existing applications when migrating to cloud.

    March 2019

    Mar 29

    General availability: Read scale-out support for Azure SQL Database

    Azure SQL Database's read scale-out support in the Premium and Business Critical service tiers are now generally available.

    February 2019

    Feb 26
    Feb 25

    Data Migration Assistant support for Cassandra to Azure Cosmos DB assessment

    Now in preview, the Data Migration Assistant provides support to help with migrating data from Cassandra to Azure Cosmos DB.

    Feb 25

    Azure SQL DB as reference data input

    Azure Stream Analytics now natively supports Azure SQL DB as a source of reference data input.

    Feb 11

    SQL Database as a source of reference data input for Stream Analytics

    Users can use data in SQL Database to augment their stream processing logic.

    Feb 7

    Data Migration Assistant support for target readiness assessment for Azure SQL DB Managed Instance

    Data Migration Assistant support for target readiness assessment for Azure SQL DB Managed Instance is now available

    Feb 7

    SQL Server Migration Assistant support for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

    SQL Server Migration Assistant support for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is now generally available.

    Feb 7

    Support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance online migrations

    Migrate Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using generally available functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service.

    January 2019

    Jan 23

    Support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database online migrations

    Migrate Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime by using generally available functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service.

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