Azure product announcements and updates

Azure HDInsight: price reductions on all HDInsight workloads and Microsoft R Server add-on
Pricing | HDInsight webpage
Azure HDInsight offers fully managed and supported Apache Hadoop, Spark, HBase, and Storm clusters. HDInsight lets you:

Create optimized clusters.
Process and analyze big data.
Cost-effectively scale your workloads up and down through decoupled compute and storage.

Microsoft R Server is an enterprise class server for hosting and managing parallel and distributed workloads of R processes on servers (Linux and Windows) and clusters (Hadoop and Apache Spark).

Effective January 5, 2018, we’ve reduced prices by up to 52 percent for all workloads on HDInsight and by an additional 80 percent for the Microsoft R Server add-on. As part of this price reduction, the Premium tier cluster will be renamed Enterprise Security Package, which can be optionally added to your HDInsight cluster. Pricing for Enterprise Security Package is currently in preview and is priced the same as the Premium tier. Learn more on the overview and pricing webpages.

Azure Media Services: price reduction for live encoding channels
Pricing | Encoding webpage
Azure Media Services provides encoding, live or on-demand streaming, content protection, and indexing for video and audio content.

With Media Services, you can:

Quickly deploy a live encoding channel in seconds.
Broadcast your live events or always available channels with support for all major streaming formats (HTTP Live Streaming [HLS], MPEG-DASH, and Smooth Streaming).
Use the top digital rights management (DRM) content protection systems (PlayReady, Widevine, and Apple FairPlay).

We’ve reduced prices by up to 38 percent on Standard live encoding channels, effective for billing periods beginning on or after January 5, 2018. Learn more on the overview and pricing webpages.

Microsoft IoT Central in preview
Pricing | Microsoft IoT Central webpage
Microsoft IoT Central is a fully managed software as a service (SaaS) offering that enables powerful Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios without requiring cloud solution expertise. It takes the hassle out of creating an IoT solution by:

Simplifying the complexities of initial setup.
Reducing the management burden, operational costs, and overhead of a typical IoT project.

Microsoft IoT Central is now available along with Azure IoT Suite, which enables deep customization and full control with one of the broadest portfolios of IoT offerings that includes Microsoft IoT Central, IoT Suite, and Azure IoT Edge.

Learn more on the overview and pricing webpages and via the Get started with Microsoft IoT Central webpage.

For a complete list of announcements and updates, visit Azure updates.

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