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November 2016

Nov 16

General availability: G-series for Azure Cloud Services

NOW AVAILABLE

The G-series is available on Azure Cloud Services in US West, US East 2, Europe West, Asia Southeast, Australia East, Canada Central, Canada East, Germany Central, and US Gov Virginia.

October 2016

Oct 14

General availability: UltraPerformance Gateway tier for Azure ExpressRoute

NOW AVAILABLE

UltraPerformance Gateway connects a virtual network to an Azure ExpressRoute circuit and provides five times the network throughput of HighPerformance Gateway.

  • Azure ExpressRoute
  • VPN Gateway
  • Security

September 2016

Sep 29

H-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines now available

At launch, the H-Series will be among the fastest virtual machines available in Azure in terms of performance per core (ACU benchmark).

  • Virtual Machines

August 2016

Aug 25

Public preview: Computer Vision API and Academic Knowledge API in Cognitive Services

IN PREVIEW

Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs that enable developers to tap into high-quality vision, speech, language, knowledge, and search technologies.

  • Cognitive Services
Aug 25

Public preview: N-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines

IN PREVIEW

N-Series instances are enabled with NVIDIA’s cutting-edge GPUs so you can run GPU-accelerated workloads and visualize them.

  • Virtual Machines
Aug 24

G-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines available in Canada Central and Canada East

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Virtual Machines customers can take advantage of the G-Series instances now available in Canada Central and Canada East.

  • Virtual Machines
Aug 24

General availability: New Azure SQL Database Premium performance level, P15

NOW AVAILABLE

P15 offers 4000 Database Transaction Units (DTUs)—that’s twice as powerful as our P11 offering—with extremely fast transactional performance, real-time analytics, and up to 1 TB of storage.

  • Azure SQL Database
Aug 24

General availability: Azure SQL Data Warehouse now in more regions

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now generally available in additional regions—North Europe, Japan East, Brazil South, and Australia Southeast.

  • Azure Synapse Analytics

July 2016

Jul 28

New generation of D-Series instances in Brazil South

The new Dv2 instances carry the same CPU, memory, and disk configurations as the current D-Series, but they offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster.

  • Cloud Services
  • Virtual Machines
Jul 28

General availability: Apple FairPlay Streaming for Azure Media Services

NOW AVAILABLE

Apple FairPlay Streaming is Apple’s digital rights management (DRM) format that protects both Video on Demand (VOD) and live streams.

  • Media Services
Jul 15

General availability: Service Bus Premium Messaging released to general availability

NOW AVAILABLE

To better support a broader array of mission-critical cloud apps, Azure Service Bus Premium messaging is now generally available.

  • Service Bus
Jul 14

G-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines available in Australia East

Azure Virtual Machines customers can take advantage of the G-Series instances now available in Australia East.

  • Virtual Machines
Jul 13

General availability: Microsoft Azure IoT Hub S3 edition

NOW AVAILABLE

Microsoft Azure IoT Hub S3 addresses enterprise scenarios where you have a large number of devices that generate large amounts of data and must transmit messages frequently.

  • Azure IoT Hub
Jul 13

General availability: Microsoft R Server for Linux virtual machines

NOW AVAILABLE

Microsoft R Server, the most broadly deployable enterprise-class analytics platform for R available today, is generally available.

Jul 13

General availability: SQL Server Stretch Database

NOW AVAILABLE

With SQL Server Stretch Database, you can dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data from Microsoft SQL Server 2016 to Azure.

  • SQL Server Stretch Database
Jul 13

General availability: Two new Azure regions

Two new Azure regions are generally available to customers in the United States and across the globe: West US 2 and West Central US.

June 2016

Jun 28

Point-in-time restore retention for Standard tier extended to 35 days

NOW AVAILABLE

For Azure SQL Database, all Standard-tier databases and Standard-tire elastic database pools now have 35 days of retention built in, at no extra charge.

Jun 9

Azure Search S3 and S3 High Density tiers in public preview, and Basic tier generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Search helps developers build rich, first-class search experiences into their applications.

  • Azure Cognitive Search
Jun 9

Generally available: Azure Redis Cache Premium tier in India and Canada

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Redis Cache Premium tier is enterprise ready. It can be used as a cache and to persist data for resiliency against potential data loss.

  • Azure Cache for Redis
Jun 8

Announcing: F-Series of compute-optimized virtual machines

NOW AVAILABLE

F-Series virtual machines are optimized for compute-intensive workloads. This series contains 10 additional compute-optimized VM sizes and the option to optimize for standard or premium storage.

  • Virtual Machines

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