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Azure SQL Database Managed Instance
The addition of Managed Instance pricing to Azure SQL Database brings with it the option to choose between DTU and vCore based pricing / hosting for your Azure SQL Databases. The existing Single Database and Elastic Pool pricing based on DTUs (Database Throughput Units) is still available, but you now have the choice to use Managed Instances based on vCPUs (Virtual CPUs / CPU Cores) as well!
The new Azure SQL Database Managed instances offer the following benefits to the service:
- Optimize flexibility and performance with two new service tiers
- Choosing between DTU and vCore-based performance levels
- Save up to 30% on vCore-based options with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server
You can read more from the official announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/a-flexible-new-way-to-purchase-azure-sql-database/
The Weeks Top Links
Here are some of the most notable links from the week:
- Nested VMs in Azure with one click? You must be crazy… by Dan Patrick
- Announcing HTTP/2 support in Azure App Service by Oded Dvoskin
- GDPR offers one more reason to focus on your disaster recovery strategy by Vishal Mehrotra
- How to pick the stamp or scale unit where your App Service will run by Benjamin Perkins
Azure Service Updates
Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:
- Optimize performance by upgrading SQL Data Warehouse
- Support for operationalizing Azure Databricks notebooks
- Define a data volume cap in Log Analytics
- PHP minor version update for May 2018 in App Service
- Azure DevTest Labs available in Azure Government
- Native support for geospatial functions in Stream Analytics
- General availability: Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio
- Stream Analytics offers streaming dashboards in Power BI
- Public preview: Integration of Stream Analytics with Azure Monitor
- Stream Analytics available in new regions
- Anomaly detection in Stream Analytics
- Egress to Azure Functions from Azure Stream Analytics
- Stream Analytics supports compression input format
- CI/CD in Azure Stream Analytics
- Substream support in Azure Stream Analytics
- Upload/download Azure dashboards
- Enhanced portal capabilities for Azure SQL Data Warehouse
- Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge
- Alerts created in the Operations Management Suite portal can extend into Azure
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