Azure product announcements and updates
Hi Cloud Partners! I thought I would share and example of information that is shared with partners and customers when they have an Azure tenant subscription. These are sent about once a month and have some excellent information on recent updates to the platform. Enjoy!
Read about important Azure product updates and announcements.
Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL generally availablePricing: Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL | Webpages: Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQLAzure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL are fully managed, enterprise-ready community database engines. Easily adjust resources and respond faster to market and customer demands with built-in high availability and the ability to elastically scale compute and storage independently—in seconds. Take advantage of unparalleled security and compliance, Azure IP Advantage, and our industry-leading global reach. Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL are generally available, and you now get an industry-leading 99.99 percent financially backed service-level agreement (SLA) with this release. Additionally, the services have achieved the following industry compliance: SOC 2, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, ISO/IEC 27018:2014, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR Certification, HIPAA and the HITECH Act, and Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) Level 1. Until May 1, 2018, you’ll continue to pay preview pricing. Starting May 1, 2018:
Effective September 1, 2018, for the basic pricing tier, you’ll be charged for consumed I/Os. New names will appear in your bill—review the list of name changes for Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Learn more about Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and read more about this release on the Azure Blog. Find pricing on the Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL pricing webpages. Azure SQL Data Warehouse generally available in more regionsPricing | SQL Data Warehouse webpageAzure SQL Data Warehouse lets you quickly implement a high-performance, secure, and compliant cloud data warehouse. Scale compute and storage elastically and independently with a massively parallel processing architecture. Seamlessly integrate SQL Data Warehouse with big data stores, and create a hub for your data marts and cubes. SQL Data Warehouse is generally available in three additional regions: West India, Japan West, and Australia East. These locations bring the product’s worldwide availability to 33 regions. Note that West India general availability (GA) pricing is already in effect. Japan West and Australia East GA pricing will begin on May 1, 2018. Usage prior to May 1, 2018, will be billed at preview rates. Learn more about SQL Data Warehouse on the overview and pricing webpages. Azure Databricks generally availablePricing | Azure Databricks webpageAzure Databricks is a fast, easy, and collaborative Apache Spark-based analytics platform optimized for Azure. Accelerate innovation with one-click setup. Use streamlined workflows and an interactive workspace to enable collaboration among data scientists, data engineers, and business analysts—all backed by the Azure Databricks SLA. Azure Databricks is now generally available. GA pricing will begin on May 1, 2018. Usage prior to May 1, 2018, will be billed at preview rates. Learn more about Azure Databricks on the overview and pricing webpages. Azure Data Lake Store and Azure Data Lake Analytics now available in the West Europe regionPricing: Data Lake Store, Data Lake Analytics | Webpages: Data Lake Store, Data Lake AnalyticsAzure Data Lake Store is a hyperscale enterprise data lake in the cloud that is secure, massively scalable, and built to the open Apache Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) standard. Bring together data from disparate data sources into a single data lake so that all your analytics can run in one place. Azure Data Lake Analytics is a distributed, on-demand analytics job service that dynamically scales so you can focus on achieving your business goals, not on managing distributed infrastructure. Select how many parallel compute resources a job can scale to. Data Lake Analytics is also cost effective, because you only pay for your job when it’s running. Data Lake Store and Data Lake Analytics are now generally available in the West Europe region, in addition to the previously announced regions. Find out how to migrate your Data Lake Store account across regions. Learn more about Data Lake Store and Data Lake Analytics. Find pricing on the Data Lake Store and Data Lake Analytics pricing webpages. Microsoft Cognitive Services: Custom Vision Service Preview and Face API updates now availablePricing: Custom Vision Service, Face API | Webpages: Custom Vision Service, Face APIMicrosoft Cognitive Services lets you infuse your apps, websites, and bots with intelligent algorithms. See, hear, speak, understand, and interpret your user needs through natural methods of communication. Part of Cognitive Services, Custom Vision Service Preview lets you easily build and refine customized image classifiers to recognize specific content in imagery. Using state-of-the-art machine learning, train your classifier to recognize what matters to you—like categorizing images of your products or filtering content for your website. Simply upload labeled images and let Custom Vision Service do the hard work. Custom Vision Service is in preview in Azure. Learn more on the overview and pricing webpages. The Face API in Cognitive Services lets you detect human faces and compare similar ones. Organize images into groups based on similarity. Identify previously tagged people in images. This generally available API now includes improvements like million-scale recognition and lowered GA pricing. These changes can better help you with your vision scenarios. Learn more about the Face API on the overview and pricing webpages. Microsoft Cognitive Services: Bing Entity Search API generally availablePricing | Bing Entity Search API webpagePart of Microsoft Cognitive Services, the Bing Entity Search API brings rich context about people, places, things, and local businesses to your apps, blog, or website for a more engaging user experience. It identifies the most relevant entity based on your searched term and provides primary details about those entities. Entities span across multiple international markets and market types, including information about famous people, places, movies, TV shows, video games, and books. The Bing Entity Search API is now generally available. Learn more on the overview and pricing webpages. Find out where this API can be used. Traffic view feature of Azure Traffic Manager generally availablePricing | Traffic Manager webpageAzure Traffic Manager gives you the ability to route incoming traffic for better performance and availability. Distribute your app traffic equally or with weighted values, and A/B test new deployments as necessary. The traffic view feature of Traffic Manager enables you to view information in a geographic map in the Azure portal or download the raw data. You’ll get actionable intelligence on how to manage your capacity in existing or new Azure regions. By using traffic view you’ll understand: