Microsoft Ignite 2018 news and highlights

Learn about important Azure product announcements and roadmap updates.

Migration

Azure Database Migration Service: SQL to Azure SQL DB Managed Instance online migrations

Migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using preview functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service.

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Azure Database Migration Service: SQL to Azure SQL Database offline migration support

Now generally available, the Azure Database Migration Service provides you the ability to assess SQL Server workloads running on-premises or on VMs, and to perform offline migrations to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.

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Azure App Service

Azure App Service updates from Microsoft Ignite

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Tomcat for Azure App Service on Linux now generally available

Azure App Service on Linux now supports Apache Tomcat 8.5 and 9. Azure App Service for Tomcat on Linux allows developers to quickly build, deploy, and scale their Tomcat web applications on a fully managed Linux-based service.

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Enhancement for Map Control for Azure Maps now available

Azure Maps is a portfolio of geospatial APIs that allows developers to build solutions with up-to-date geocoding, routing, IP geolocation, and other location-based services. An improved Map Control API with new features designed to enable intuitive and insightful data layering and visualizations is now available.

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App Service—Python for App Service Linux preview

App Service on Linux now supports Python 3.6/3.7 in preview.

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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

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Networking

Linux preview support of custom virtual networks on Azure Container Instances

You can now provision Linux containers into new or existing virtual networks with Azure Container Instances. This support is in preview for Linux in two regions: West US and West Europe.

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Point-to-site VPN connectivity in Virtual WAN preview

We are pleased to announce support for point-to-site VPN in Azure Virtual WAN. A point-to-site (P2S) VPN lets you create a secure connection to your Azure Virtual WAN from an individual client computer.

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Azure Virtual Network TAP

Azure Virtual Network TAP enables you to continuously mirror traffic from a virtual network to a packet collector.

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Azure Virtual WAN now generally available

Azure Virtual WAN provides a simple, unified, global connectivity and security platform to allow the deployment large scale branch infrastructure. ExpressRoute provides private connectivity into the Microsoft global network.

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Azure ExpressRoute Global Reach

Azure ExpressRoute Global Reach allows you to connect your on-premises networks via the ExpressRoute service through Microsoft's global network.

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Azure Firewall now generally available

Azure Firewall is a managed cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It's a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability.

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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.

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Azure DNS Alias Records Generally Available

Azure DNS has a new feature available now: alias records This feature lets you map your DNS records to an Azure Traffic Manager profile or a public IP resource such that your DNS zone tracks changes to the IPs associated with those resources.

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Application Gateway Autoscaling in preview

Azure Application Gateway is an application delivery controller-as-a-service offering that provides layer 7 load balancing, security, and web application firewall functionality. Autoscaling functionality is available in preview as part of the new zone redundant SKU in all public Azure regions.

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Azure Load Balancer—Outbound Rules for Standard Load Balance GA

Outbound Rules for Standard Load Balancer is now generally available. This new ability allows you to declare which public IP or public IP prefix should be used for outbound connectivity from your virtual network, and how outbound network address translations should be scaled and tuned.

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Azure Load Balancer TCP resets on idle in preview

Now in preview, Azure Load Balancer supports sending of bidirectional TCP resets on idle timeout for load balancing rules, inbound NAT rules, and outbound rules.

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OpenVPN support for Azure VPN Gateways

Azure Virtual Network Gateways now support OpenVPN as a protocol for point-to-site clients to connect.

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Zone-redundant VPN and ExpressRoute virtual network gateways generally available

Zone-redundant VPN and ExpressRoute virtual network gateways are now generally available. This physically and logically separates them across different availability zones, protecting your on-premises network connectivity to Azure from zone-level failures. Additionally, we have made fundamental performance improvements including reducing the deployment time to create a virtual network gateway.

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Security

Azure Security Center innovations now available in preview

Azure Security Center Secure Score, which provides visibility and recommendations to improve your security posture for Azure resources, is now available in preview.

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Azure Active Directory conditional access in Azure Databricks

Azure Databricks now supports Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) conditional access, which allows administrators to control where and when users are permitted to sign in to Azure Databricks. Some of the common concerns this addresses include restricted sign-in access, limited network location access, managing the type of device access as well as restricted access to client applications.

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Azure Key Vault support with Azure Databricks

Azure Databricks now supports Azure Key Vault backed secret scope. With this, Azure Databricks now supports two types of secret scopes—Azure Key Vault-backed and Databricks-backed.

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Azure Active Directory Integration with Azure Files in preview

Azure Files Azure AD Integration for SMB access using Azure AD Domain Services is now available in preview.

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Application Gateway Autoscaling in preview

Azure Application Gateway is an application delivery controller-as-a-service offering that provides layer 7 load balancing, security, and web application firewall functionality. Autoscaling functionality is available in preview as part of the new zone redundant SKU in all public Azure regions.

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OpenVPN support for Azure VPN Gateways

Azure Virtual Network Gateways now support OpenVPN as a protocol for point-to-site clients to connect.

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Zone-redundant VPN and ExpressRoute virtual network gateways generally available

Zone-redundant VPN and ExpressRoute virtual network gateways are now generally available. This physically and logically separates them across different availability zones, protecting your on-premises network connectivity to Azure from zone-level failures. Additionally, we have made fundamental performance improvements including reducing the deployment time to create a virtual network gateway.

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Storage

Enterprise backup for SQL Servers in Azure Virtual Machines

Users can backup their SQL Servers running in Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). This workload backup capability is built as an infrastructure-less, pay-as-you-go service that uses native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.

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Azure Data Box is now available

Azure Data Box is now available. Use Azure Data Box service when you want to transfer large amounts of data to Azure but are limited by time, network availability or costs.

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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.

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Azure Data Box Edge now available

Azure Data Box Edge is a physical network appliance, shipped by Microsoft, that sends data in and out of Azure. Data Box Edge is additionally equipped with AI-enabled edge computing capabilities that help you analyze, process, and transform the on-premises data before uploading it to the cloud.

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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.

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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.

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Azure Premium Blob Storage now in preview

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

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Azure Standard SSDs now generally available

We're announcing the general availability of Standard SSD: a cost-effective Azure Managed Disks offering optimized for low IOPS workloads that need consistent performance.

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