Azure product announcements and updates – 20 th July – DNS, File Sync, Data Lake Storage, virtual WAN, firewall… preview….


Azure File Sync generally available

Pricing | Azure Files webpage
Azure File Sync extends Windows file servers to the cloud by seamlessly synchronizing on-premises file share data with Azure Files cloud storage. Tier file server data to the cloud so that only the newest and most recently accessed files are kept locally.

Azure File Sync is generally available, and general availability pricing will be effective September 1, 2018.

Learn more about Azure File Sync on the overview, documentation webpages.

Zone-redundant storage in Azure Storage available in more regions

Pricing | Storage webpage
Offload the heavy lifting of datacenter management with Azure Storage, and then simplify development of highly available apps using zone-redundant storage. It stores three replicas of data synchronously across multiple Azure Availability Zones.

Zone-redundant storage is now available in the West US 2 and East US regions.

Learn more about Storage on the overview webpages.


Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 in preview

Pricing | Azure Data Lake Storage webpage
With Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 Preview, get secure, scalable data lake storage for big data analytics.

Data Lake Storage Gen2 is in preview and is initially available in the West US 2 and West Central US regions. During the preview, usage charges will show as “ADFS” on invoices until September 1, 2018, and then they’ll appear as “ADLS G2.” Learn more.

Learn more about Data Lake Storage Gen2 on the overview webpages.


Azure Container Instances generally available

Pricing | Container Instances webpage
With Azure Container Instances, get a serverless way to run both Linux and Windows containers. Receive an on-demand compute service delivering rapid deployment of containers with no virtual machine (VM) management and automatic, elastic scale.
Container Instances is now generally available in additional regions.

Learn more about Container Instances on the overview webpages.

Azure App Service Environment for Linux in preview

Pricing | App Service webpage
Quickly build, deploy, and scale enterprise-grade web, mobile, and API apps running on any platform with Azure App Service. With App Service Environment for Linux (preview), deploy web apps into an Azure virtual network by bringing your own container or Linux-based code.

The App Service Environment for Linux isolated plan is in preview. Apps deployed into an App Service Environment are available on the isolated plan, which lets you scale up to 100 Dv2-series VMs per App Service Environment and provide network isolation that meets your compliance needs.

Learn more about App Service on the overview webpages.


Windows 10 IoT Core Services in preview

Pricing | Windows 10 IoT Core Services webpage
Get long-term operating system support and services to manage device updates and assess device health for your Windows 10 IoT Core devices with Windows 10 IoT Core Services Preview. Use Windows 10 IoT Core Services to:

Keep devices stable and secure with 10 years of operating system security and reliability updates.
Manage device updates with Device Update Center and push them from the cloud using the same content distribution network as Windows Update, which is used daily by millions of Windows customers around the world.
Evaluate a device’s trustworthiness using Device Health Attestation (DHA).

Windows 10 IoT Core Services is now available in preview.

Learn more about Windows 10 IoT Core Services on the overview, documentation webpages.


Azure Maps standard tier updates

Pricing | Azure Maps webpage
Using Azure Maps and its geospatial services APIs, add maps, search, routing, and traffic capabilities to your apps.

Several new features are now available in the standard tier, enabling you to more easily move your geospatial workloads from on-premises to Azure and build applications that take advantage of the power of location intelligence. Features include the IP to location API (preview), advanced routing services, and satellite/hybrid vector map tiles. Learn more.

Learn more about Azure Maps on the overview  webpages.


Azure Virtual WAN in preview

Pricing | Azure Virtual WAN webpage
Get optimized and automated branch-to-branch connectivity through Azure with Azure Virtual WAN Preview, a networking service. Connect your branches to each other and Azure, centralizing your network and security needs with virtual appliances like firewalls, the Azure network, and security services.

Learn more about Azure Virtual WAN on the overview, documentation webpages and via the Azure Blog.


Azure Firewall in preview  

Pricing | Azure Firewall webpage
With Azure Firewall Preview, get native, fully stateful firewalling capabilities with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability that will autoscale as traffic grows, along with zero maintenance. Create and enforce connectivity policies to protect your Azure Virtual Network resources using app and network filtering rules.

Learn more about Azure Firewall on the overview, documentation webpages and via the Azure Blog.



Azure DNS SLA updated to 100 percent

Pricing | Azure DNS webpage
Use Azure DNS to host your Domain Name System (DNS) domains in Azure. Seamlessly integrate Azure-based services with corresponding DNS updates and streamline your end-to-end deployment process.

Azure DNS is now being offered at a 100-percent availability service-level agreement (SLA), up from the previously offered 99.99 percent. With this update, we guarantee that valid DNS requests will receive a response from at least one Azure DNS name server 100 percent of the time. There is no pricing impact from this change.

Learn more about Azure DNS on the overview webpages.


Azure Content Delivery Network unit of measure updates

Pricing | Content Delivery Network webpage
Reduce load times, save bandwidth, and increase speed and responsiveness using Azure Content Delivery Network.

You currently receive 1,024 bytes in every KB of data when you use Content Delivery Network (Verizon and Akamai). Starting September 1, 2018, you’ll receive 1,000 bytes in every KB of data. We’re migrating GUIDs to align with Azure Content Delivery Network in China and with content delivery network (CDN) offerings from some of the biggest commercial CDN providers. This change will be accompanied with a corresponding price decrease because of the data reduction in the packets.

Learn more about Content Delivery Network on the overview webpages.

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