Important Azure product updates and announcements


Azure Data Factory capabilities generally available
Pricing | Data Factory webpage
Create, schedule, and manage your data integration at scale with Azure Data Factory—a cloud-based data integration service.

These Data Factory capabilities are now generally available:

Use a graphical user interface to design pipelines quickly.
Move data in a code-free manner from more than 70 data source connectors.
Lift SQL Server Integration Services packages to Azure.

When you take advantage of these capabilities, you’ll be charged for Data Factory operations, pipeline orchestration and execution, and virtual machines (VMs) for SQL Server Integration Services package execution in Data Factory. Apart from A-series and Dv2-series, Dv3-series and Ev3-series VMs are also supported. If you already have Microsoft SQL Server licenses, take advantage of lower costs with Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Learn more about Data Factory on the overview and pricing webpages.

Standard SSD offering in Azure Managed Disks in preview
Pricing | Disk Storage webpage
Use Azure Managed Disks for persistent, secure, highly scalable storage for Azure Virtual Machines. The standard solid-state drive (SSD) offering provides a low-cost managed disk solution that’s optimized for workloads that require consistent latency.

Standard SSDs are in preview and are available with all Virtual Machines series.

Learn more about Managed Disks on the overview and pricing webpages.

Azure Virtual Machines M-series updates
Pricing | Virtual Machines webpage
Get server virtualization in the cloud with Azure Virtual Machines. With support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, and SAP, use Virtual Machines for a range of solutions.

M-series virtual machines (VMs) provide memory configuration from 1 TB to 4 TB and SAP HANA certification, to support scalability and agility for SAP and other workloads that require large memory consumption. They now also offer newer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 875 GB. M-series VMs are generally available in the East US, Central India, and South India regions, along with other Azure regions where they’re already available.

Learn more about Virtual Machines on the overview and pricing webpages.

Azure SQL Database updates
Pricing | SQL Database webpage
Azure SQL Database is an intelligent, fully managed, relational cloud database service. Migrate your SQL Server databases without changing your apps, accelerate app development, and simplify maintenance using your existing SQL Server skills.

These updates are available for SQL Database:

SQL Advanced Threat Protection
SQL Advanced Threat Protection is a new security package for SQL Database. It provides a single go-to location for advanced SQL capabilities, including threat detection, SQL vulnerability assessment (generally available), and information protection (preview). Learn more.

Integrating alerts with Azure Security Center, SQL Advanced Threat Protection will be billed at the same price as the Security Center standard tier. Additionally, effective August 1, 2018, and reflected on your September 2018 bill, the service type for the threat detection feature will change. Learn more.

Storage add-ons generally available
Effective August 1, 2018, general availability pricing for storage add-ons in SQL Database will begin and GUIDs will migrate. Purchase extra storage without having to increase database transaction units (DTUs) or elastic database transaction units (eDTUs). Extra storage can be purchased for:

Performance levels S3–S12 and P1–P6 databases up to 1 TB.
Smaller eDTU premium elastic pools up to 1 TB.
Standard elastic pools up to 4 TB.

vCore-based single database and elastic pool resource name changes
Get flexibility, control, and transparency with the vCore-based purchasing model. You’re eligible for up to 55 percent savings using Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server with your active Software Assurance—or get even higher savings by purchasing reserved instances. Effective August 1, 2018, resource names for vCore-based single database and elastic pool compute (Gen 4 and Gen 5), and storage will change.

Learn more about SQL Database on the overview and pricing webpages.

Microsoft Machine Learning Server changes
Pricing | Machine Learning Server webpage
Analyze data at scale, build intelligent apps, and discover valuable insights with full support for Python and R using Microsoft Machine Learning Server.

Effective August 1, 2018, resource GUIDs and names for Machine Learning Server will change. Pricing is unaffected and is the same as SQL Server Enterprise Virtual Machines.

Learn more about Machine Learning Server on the overview and pricing webpages.

Azure Application Insights multistep web tests GUID migration
Pricing | Application Insights webpage
Detect and diagnose issues and understand your web app usage with Azure Application Insights, an extensible application performance management (APM) service. Set up multistep web tests to continuously monitor the response and availability of your web app.

Effective August 1, 2018, web tests can be paid with MSDN credits, and the web tests GUID will change.

Learn more about Application Insights on the overview and pricing webpages.

Azure log integration tool deprecation
The Azure log integration (AzLog) tool is now being deprecated. It enabled customers to collect logs from Azure Resource Manager and other Azure resources into their Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) products for security analysis. AzLog is being replaced with an approach of using Azure Monitor and Azure Event Hubs to export logs coupled with Azure connectors from SIEM vendors that enable collecting these into the SIEM product.

No additional capabilities will be added to AzLog, and new downloads and installs from the Microsoft Download Center are now disabled. Customer support for existing AzLog installations will still be available until June 1, 2019, but implement alternatives soon to prepare for deprecation.

Improvements to Azure names in detailed usage downloads, APIs, and invoices
Based on customer and partner feedback, we’ve made improvements to Azure names (actual product names remain the same). These changes won’t affect the usage data, rates, or unique identifier (reported as the Meter ID or Resource GUID), but you’ll need to adjust your reports to accommodate the new names.

Effective August 2018, improved standardized names for Azure Virtual Machines will be available. Name changes for all other services will be effective during the first week of October 2018. If you have questions about the name changes, contact us.

Visit Azure updates for a complete list of announcements and updates.

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