Category Azure Roadmap Feed

Now available – SQL Data Warehouse now powered by instant data movement

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now powered by Instant Data Movement (IDM) technology that allows for extremely efficient movement between data warehouse compute nodes. At the heart of every distributed database system is the need to align two or more tables that are partitioned on a different key to produce a final or intermediate result set. IDM accelerates this movement, resulting in faster query performance.  Azure SQL Data Warehouse customers will now enjoy at least two times faster query performance from their workloads,  making this the fastest data warehouse in the cloud. 

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Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: Now available – SQL Data Warehouse now powered by instant data movement

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In preview – Azure Security Center Preview now available in Azure Government

While cyber threats affect every organization and every individual, governments face unique challenges. To help you address your security challenges, Azure Security Center for Azure Government is now available in preview. Security Center delivers unified security management for hybrid cloud workloads, with continuous monitoring as well as security assessments and recommendations. Coupled with advanced threat protection to identify and mitigate risk and reduce exposure, this enables government cloud security teams to better protect their data, networks, and IT infrastructure from cyberattacks. 

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Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: In preview – Azure Security Center Preview now available in Azure Government

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In preview – Azure Virtual WAN

Azure Virtual WAN is a networking service providing optimized and automated branch-to-branch connectivity through Azure. Virtual WAN allows you to connect your branches to each other and to Azure, centralizing your network and security needs with virtual appliances such as firewalls and Azure network and security services. 

Visit the documentation for guidance on how to join the managed preview.

Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: In preview – Azure Virtual WAN

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In preview – Azure Firewall

Azure Firewall is a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability. Centrally create, enforce, and log application and network connectivity policies across subscriptions and virtual networks. Azure Firewall uses a static public IP address for your virtual network resources allowing outside firewalls to identify traffic originating from your virtual network. The service is fully integrated with Azure Monitor for logging and analytics.

Learn more about Azure Firewall.

Read the Azure Firewall Preview documentation.

Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: In preview – Azure Firewall

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Now available – Azure Security Center is now integrated into the subscription experience

The newly added Security tab provides a quick view into the security posture of your subscription, enabling you to discover and assess the security of your resources, and to identify and mitigate risks. The built-in dashboard provides instant insights into security alerts and vulnerabilities that require attention. 

Learn more about Azure Security Center.

Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: Now available – Azure Security Center is now integrated into the subscription experience

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In preview – Announcing the public preview for Azure Data Box Disk

Azure Data Box Disk provides a simple, secure, SSD disk-based offering for offline data transfer to Azure. Customers that have data transfer requirements but lack the onsite technical expertise required for more robust data transfer offerings can use the Data Box Disk service to transport as much as 40 TB of data into Azure by simply connecting the disks to a computer via USB or SATA and using drag-and-drop or robocopy commands for data transfer. 

Data Box Disk Preview is available in the EU and US. The preview is currently free. 

Customers and Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners are invited to sign up for the Data Box Preview on the same portal as Data Box Preview.

Partners—please sign up on our partner portal

Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: In preview – Announcing the public pr...

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Now available – Azure Maps unveils satellite imagery, batch services, and advanced geospatial functionality

Harness the power of location intelligence with new features from Azure Maps. Build mission-critical, large-scale apps for your mobility, IoT and enterprise solutions today with exciting new features:

  •  IP lookup—This service will allow developers to look up the country corresponding to an IP address. This will allow businesses to customize content based on user location and learn about customer geographic distribution.
  • Satellite, hybrid, and gray-scale vector maps—Satellite and aerial photography are now available as layers in the map control. Satellite imagery provides strictly satellite images of the Earth, whereas hybrid imagery provides satellite images with overlain layers for roads and labels...
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In preview – Azure Data Lake Storage now in preview

Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 is a highly scalable, performant, and cost-effective data lake solution for big data analytics. Data Lake Storage combines the power of a high-performance file system with massive scale and economy to help you speed your time to insight. It extends Azure Blob Storage capabilities, and is optimized for analytics workloads. Store data once, and access via existing Blob Storage and HDFS-compliant file system interfaces with no programming changes or data copying. Azure Data Lake Storage is compliant with regional data management requirements.

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Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: In preview – Azure Data Lake Storage now in preview

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Now available – Zone redundant configuration for premium service tier of Azure SQL Database—GA

Announcing the general availability of zone redundant premium databases and elastic pools in select regions. The built-in support of Availability Zones further enhances business continuity of Azure SQL Database applications and makes them resilient to a much larger set of unplanned events, including catastrophic datacenter outages. The supported regions include Central US and France Central with more regions to be added over time.

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Source: Azure Roadmap
Source Link: Now available – Zone redundant configuration for premium service tier of Azure SQL Database—GA

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