Category Archives : Database

24

Feb

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-and-billing-updates-february-2021/Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the READ MORE

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10

Feb

Microsoft will establish its next U.S. datacenter region in Georgia’s Fulton and Douglas Counties

Datacenters are part of today’s critical infrastructure—providing reliable and scalable compute power for online transactions, conference calls, virtual classrooms, supply chain and inventory management, internet searches, and much more around the world. We are continuing to build our cloud infrastructure to support the growing demand for cloud services for business continuity, innovation, and collaboration. To date, Microsoft has announced more than 60 datacenter regions around the globe, each comprising multiple datacenters.

In response to growing customer demand, today we’re announcing that we will establish our next U.S. datacenter region—“East US 3”—in Georgia, with presence in both Fulton and Douglas Counties. This is a significant commitment to the counties and part of Microsoft’s commitment to the Atlanta region announced today—to support the creation of new jobs and local business growth. When choosing datacenter sites, we consider a range of criteria, including proximity to population centers, a broad, reliable and stable power source, multiple high-capacity network connections, a large pool of qualified labor, and affordable and clean energy. Datacenters also support the creation of local jobs directly through construction and operations of the site, and indirectly through business transformation that increases competitiveness and growth. These jobs include roles in IT operations,

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08

Feb

Icertis boosts performance over 80 percent and lowers costs on Azure SQL

As customers grow their mission critical workloads, scaling up to manage spiky workloads in house can become an expensive proposition. Icertis, a leading provider of contract lifecycle management in the cloud, had one such workload managing over 7.5 million contracts spanning over a trillion dollars. The Icertis Contract Intelligence (ICI) platform is hosted entirely on Azure, providing their customers with new flexibility and scale to suit any size organization. Managing the growing number of customers and the volatility of daily spikes in database workload demand required manual interventions through an in-house solution that soon proved costly to maintain. Icertis needed an automated solution that could instantly scale when they needed it and chose Azure SQL Database serverless, improving their client query response times by over 80 percent while managing costs better.

Azure SQL Database serverless is a compute tier that optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage. Serverless automatically scales compute when needed and pauses during inactive periods. With per-second billing, customers only pay for the compute resources used, potentially saving significant money in the process.

“Billing with serverless is per second, versus per hour using provisioned compute, and scaling up and down

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26

Jan

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – January 2021

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management and Billing can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

New cost view for resource groups Remember last-used scope in Cost Management What’s new in Cost Management Labs Defining roles and responsibilities for cloud cost optimization 5 ways to save costs by running .NET apps on Azure New ways to save money with Azure New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

New cost view for resource groups

In November, you saw new cost views optimized for resources and reservations. One of your top asks was to

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12

Jan

Azure SQL Database named among the top 3 databases of 2020
Azure SQL Database named among the top 3 databases of 2020

We are excited to share that Azure SQL Database is among the most popular databases of 2020 according to DB-Engines, who recently announced their DBMS of the Year award. DB-Engines collects information on database management systems and it provides a widely accepted popularity ranking of database management systems. Azure SQL Database’s popularity score increased 253 percent through 2020, placing it in the top three database systems for the year—a first for a cloud database service in the nine years DB-Engines has published their rankings.

Azure SQL provides flexible options for migrating and modernizing your existing applications or building new applications in the cloud. It’s built upon the same SQL Server engine available on-premises, providing a consistent and unified experience across your entire portfolio. This enables database administrators and developers alike to use their existing SQL skills in the cloud to modernize and innovate.

Thank you to DB-Engines for this recognition and to our customers for your continued support. We are grateful to have such a passionate user community and look forward to investing in Azure SQL for you.

To learn more about Azure SQL, check out these resources:

Get started today with a free trial of Azure SQL.

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02

Dec

Microsoft named a Leader in Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Cloud DBMS Platforms

We would like to share that Microsoft has been named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems. Our placement is based on our ability to execute and our completeness of vision and is a testament to our ongoing innovation and integration of a broad data portfolio into a cohesive cloud data ecosystem.

Cloud and data technologies have been the focal point of digital transformation as organizations democratize and modernize their data platforms to turn data into a strategic asset. Our customers have shown tremendous resilience as entire industries have shifted under a landscape of economic uncertainty and they rely on Azure for a full range of use cases. Gartner evaluated these use cases across a wide range of industries and deployment sizes for this Magic Quadrant.

Figure 1: Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems1

A strong data ecosystem

In the twenty-five years since SQL Server was first released, Microsoft has consistently delivered value to our database customers, starting by building support for operational, business intelligence, and analytical workloads into a single SQL Server product. With the launch of Azure SQL Database in 2010, we brought that same mindset to delivering a fully

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30

Nov

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – November 2020

Whether you’re a new student, a thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management and Billing can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Customize language in budget alerts Preview new views optimized for resources and reservations What’s new in Cost Management Labs New ways to save money with Azure Recent changes to Azure usage data New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Customize language in budget alerts

Budgets allow you to get notified as you breach predefined thresholds. You can set up budgets for yourself or for others within your organization to drive accountability and proactively notify teams about potentially

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09

Nov

Meeting developer needs with powerful new features in Azure Cache for Redis

In May, we announced a groundbreaking partnership with Redis Labs to bring their Redis Enterprise software to Azure as a part of Azure Cache for Redis. We were humbled by the level of excitement and interest we received. We are announcing that you can now use Redis to tackle new challenges while making your caches larger and more resilient than ever before.

There has never been a more critical time for a technology like Redis. With billions of people working from home globally, web-based applications must be more responsive than ever, and enterprises both large and small need to be able to scale rapidly to meet unexpected demand. Solutions like Redis empower developers to optimize their data architectures and solve these problems. We’ve seen tremendous adoption of Azure Cache for Redis, our managed solution built on Open Source Redis, as Azure customers have used Redis as a distributed cache, session store, and message broker. We’re excited to incorporate Redis Enterprise technology and make this solution even more powerful and available while also unlocking important new use cases for developers like search, deduplication, and time series analysis.

What is Redis Enterprise on Azure?

Microsoft and Redis Labs have partnered closely to

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27

Oct

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – October 2020

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management and Billing can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Introducing the Azure Advisor Score Create subscriptions with ARM templates Tell us what you need when verifying billed charges What’s new in Cost Management Labs New ways to save money with Azure New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Introducing the Azure Advisor Score

Wouldn’t it be great to have some assurances that you’re running your workloads in a cost-efficient manner? That’s exactly what Azure Advisor gives you and now, with the Advisor Score, it’s easier than ever for you

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08

Oct

Compete. Learn. Win. Sign up for the Azure SQL Championship Today

The last six months have seen an unprecedented acceleration in digital transformation. There has never been a more important time for database administrators (DBAs) and developers to prepare for an increasingly cloud-centric future. However, we’d like to make this interesting and fun. That’s why we’ve partnered with PASS, a worldwide community of over 300,000 data professionals, to create an interactive learning experience that allows you to test your talent and build your skillset for the future—all while earning to chance to win prizes. Sign up now for the Azure SQL Championship, starting October 12, 2020.

Here are three great reasons to compete:

1. Learn about Azure SQL the fun way

Who says that learning about virtualized instances of SQL Server can’t be exciting? The Azure SQL Championship is different from a webinar or training session. Enjoy special videos from SQL experts like Bob Ward as he introduces the challenges and provides helpful hints for participants. Be sure to watch for the daily quizzes and trivia to earn badges and climb the leaderboard! If you’ve meant to learn more about Azure SQL, this is a fantastic way to start.

2. Win recognition and prizes

A little competition never hurt anyone. Complete

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