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May 2019

May 23

GPU and HPC VM Price Promotion now available

Announcing newly discounted promotional pricing for the NCv1, NVv1, and Hv1-series VM families.

  • Virtual Machines
May 20

Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure – Public Preview

IN PREVIEW

Generation 2 (UEFI Boot) Virtual Machines available in Azure for public preview

  • Virtual Machines
May 15

Reserved instance pricing in the Dev/Test Offer

NOW AVAILABLE

Reserved instances discounts are now available for VMs and Azure SQL Database instances created in your Dev/Test offer subscriptions.

  • Azure DevTest Labs
May 8

Azure Red Hat OpenShift now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Red Hat OpenShift, a fully managed Red Hat OpenShift service, jointly operated with Red Hat is now available.

  • Azure Red Hat OpenShift
May 6

Red Hat Enterprise Linux BYOS images now available

IN PREVIEW

Red Hat Enterprise Linux images are now available as both BYOS and PAYG offers.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Red Hat Linux
  • Linux Virtual Machines

April 2019

Apr 19

Azure reservations: New experience and APIs for purchasing reservations

Azure reservation updates include new purchase experience and APIs.

Apr 19

Reserved Capacity Pricing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Starting today, you can now use the Azure SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity pricing to reserve compute power for existing and future clusters. This option provides you savings up to 65% cDWU capacity.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics
Apr 11

Price reductions for Azure Container Instances are now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Container Instances overall price reductions of anywhere between 35% and 50% depending on region and usage pattern.

  • Container Instances
Apr 2

Azure Search—New storage optimized service tiers are now in preview

IN PREVIEW

The new L-series tiers offer significantly more storage at a reduced cost per terabyte compared to the standard tiers. This is ideal for internal applications searching over large file repositories, archival scenarios when you have business data going back many years, or e-discovery applications.

  • Azure Cognitive Search
Apr 2

Reduced pricing for Azure AD B2C

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure AD B2C service will no longer charge for "Stored Users" starting April 1, 2019, to lower the cost of managing consumer identities.

  • Azure Active Directory B2C
Apr 1

B-series update: B1ls is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

The new B1ls Azure virtual machine, which has the smallest memory and lowest cost among Azure VM instances, is now available.

  • Virtual Machines

March 2019

Mar 27

Greater storage capacity and performance with new Azure Disks SKU

NOW AVAILABLE

New Azure managed disks SKUs for Premium SSDs, Standard SSDs and Standard HDDs will reach up to 32TiB (32,767 GB). Performance will now reach up to 20,000 IOPS and 900 MBps on Premium SSD Disks

Mar 6

General Availability: Azure Lab Services

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Lab Services is now Generally Available.

  • Azure Lab Services
Mar 6

Extended Security Updates for SQL Server 2008 are available now

NOW AVAILABLE

Extended Security Updates for SQL Server 2008 are now available for purchase

  • SQL Server on Virtual Machines

February 2019

Feb 27

General availability: Azure Lab Services

NOW AVAILABLE

Announcing the general availability of Azure Lab Services.

  • Azure Lab Services

December 2018

Dec 19

Dev/test pricing for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Dev/test pricing is now available for SQL Database Managed Instance as part of the Azure Enterprise dev/test offer, providing a cost-effective way to run your development and testing workloads on Azure SQL Database.

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Managed Instance
Dec 19

Premium tier now available for the Azure Database Migration Service

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Database Migration Service, the fully managed service designed for both operational database and data warehouse migrations, now supports offline and online migrations using the premium tier.

  • Azure Database Migration Service
Dec 6

General availability: Increased compute in Azure Database for MySQL servers

NOW AVAILABLE

Customers can now scale up their compute to 64 vCores in the General Purpose pricing tiers and 32 vCores in the Memory Optimized tiers in Azure Database for MySQL.

  • Azure Database for MySQL
Dec 6

General availability: Increased compute in Azure Database for PostgreSQL servers

NOW AVAILABLE

Customers can now scale up their compute to 64 vCores in the General Purpose pricing tiers and 32 vCores in the Memory Optimized tiers in Azure Database for PostgreSQL.

  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL
Dec 4

Smaller SKUs for Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2

NOW AVAILABLE

Smaller SKUs for Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2

  • Azure Synapse Analytics

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