Category Archives : Updates



Azure Files premium tier gets zone redundant storage Files premium tier is now zone redundant! We’re excited to announce the general availability of zone redundant storage (ZRS) for Azure Files premium tier. Azure Files premium tier with ZRS replication enables highly performant, highly available file services, that READ MORE




Azure Cost Management updates – August 2019 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




Plan migration of your Hyper-V servers using Azure Migrate Server Assessment

Azure Migrate is focused on streamlining your migration journey to Azure. We recently announced the evolution of Azure Migrate, which provides a streamlined, comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft and partner tools to meet migration needs, all in one place. An important capability included in this release is upgrades to Server Assessment for at-scale assessments of VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs.)

This is the first in a series of blogs about the new capabilities in Azure Migrate. In this post, I will talk about capabilities in Server Assessment that help you plan for migration of Hyper-V servers. This capability is now generally available as part of the Server Assessment feature of Azure Migrate. After assessing your servers for migration, you can migrate your servers using Microsoft’s Server Migration solution available on Azure Migrate. You can get started right away by creating an Azure Migrate project.

Server Assessment earlier supported assessment of VMware VMs for migration to Azure. We’ve now included Azure suitability analysis, migration cost planning, performance-based rightsizing, and application dependency analysis for Hyper-V VMs. You can now plan at-scale, assessing up to 35,000 Hyper-V servers in one Azure Migrate project. If you use VMware as well, you can discover and




Azure Archive Storage expanded capabilities: faster, simpler, better

Since launching Azure Archive Storage, we have seen unprecedented interest and innovative usage from a variety of industries. Archive Storage is built as a scalable service for cost-effectively storing rarely accessed data for long periods of time. Cold data such as application backups, healthcare records, autonomous driving recordings, etc. that might have been previously deleted could be stored in Azure Storage’s Archive tier in an offline state, then rehydrated to an online tier when needed. Earlier this month, we made Azure Archive Storage even more affordable by reducing prices by up to 50 percent in some regions, as part of our commitment to provide the most cost-effective data storage offering.

We’ve gathered your feedback regarding Azure Archive Storage, and today, we’re happy to share three archive improvements in public preview that make our service even better.

1. Priority retrieval from Azure Archive

To read data stored in Azure Archive Storage, you must first change the tier of the blob to hot or cool. This process is known as rehydration and takes a matter of hours to complete. Today we’re sharing the public preview release of priority retrieval from archive allowing for much faster offline data access. Priority retrieval allows you




Azure SDK August 2019 preview and a dive into consistency
Azure SDK August 2019 preview and a dive into consistency

The second previews of Azure SDKs which follow the latest Azure API Guidelines and Patterns are now available (.Net, Java, JavaScript, Python). These previews contain bug fixes, new features, and additional work towards guidelines adherence.

What’s New

The SDKs have many new features, bug fixes, and improvements. Some of the new features are below, but please read the release notes linked above and changelogs for details.

Storage Libraries for Java now include Files and Queues support. Storage Libraries for Python have added Async versions of the APIs for Files, Queues, and Blobs. Event Hubs libraries across languages have expanded support for sending multiple messages in a single call by adding the ability to create a batch avoiding the error scenario where a call exceeds size limits and giving batch size control to developers with bandwidth concerns. Event Hubs libraries across languages have introduced a new model for consuming events via the EventProcessor class which simplifies the process of checkpointing today and will handle load balancing across partitions in upcoming previews. Diving deeper into the guidelines: consistency

These Azure SDKs represent a cross-organizational effort to provide an ergonomic experience to every developer using every platform and as mentioned in the previous



Aug newest Azure reservations features can help you save more on your Azure costs, easily manage reservations, and create internal reports. Based on your feedback, we’ve added the following features to Azure reservations: Azure Databricks pre-purchase plan AppService Isolated Stamp READ MORE




High Availability Add-On updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Azure

High availability is crucial to mission-critical production environments. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add-On provides reliability and availability to critical production services that use it. Today, we’re sharing performance improvements and image updates around the High Availability Add-On for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on Azure.


Pacemaker is a robust and powerful open-source resource manager used in highly available compute clusters. It is a key part of the High Availability Add-On for RHEL.

Pacemaker has been updated with performance improvements in the Azure Fencing Agent to significantly decrease Azure failover time, which greatly reduces customer downtime. This update is available to all RHEL 7.4+ users using either the Pay-As-You-Go images or Bring-Your-Own-Subscription images from the Azure Marketplace.

New pay-as-you-go RHEL images with the High Availability Add-On

We now have RHEL Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) images with the High Availability Add-On available in the Azure Marketplace. These RHEL images have additional access to the High Availability Add-On repositories. Pricing details for these images are available in the pricing calculator.

The following RHEL HA PAYG images are now available in the Marketplace for all Azure regions, including US Government Cloud:

RHEL 7.4 with HA RHEL 7.5 with HA RHEL 7.6 with




Azure Cost Management updates – July 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – July 2019

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 Microsoft Azure Cost Management comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management 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:

Azure Cost Management for partners Marketplace usage for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) subscriptions Cost Management Labs Save and share customized views directly in cost analysis Viewing costs in different currencies Manage EA accounts from the Azure portal Expanded availability of resource tags in cost reporting Tag your resources with up to 50 tags Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.


Azure Cost Management for partners

Partners play a critical role in successful planning, implementation, and long-term cloud operations for organizations, big and small. Whether you’re a partner who sells to or




Taking advantage of the new Azure Application Gateway V2

We recently released Azure Application Gateway V2 and Web Application Firewall (WAF) V2. These SKUs are named Standard_v2 and WAF_v2 respectively and are fully supported with a 99.95% SLA. The new SKUs offer significant improvements and additional capabilities to customers:

Autoscaling allows elasticity for your application by scaling the application gateway as needed based on your application’s traffic pattern. You no longer need to run application gateway at peak provisioned capacity, thus significantly saving on the cost. Zone redundancy enables your application gateway to survive zonal failures, offering better resilience to your application Static VIP feature ensures that your endpoint address will not change over its lifecycle Header Rewrite allows you to add, remove or update HTTP request and response headers on your application gateway, thus enabling various scenarios such as HSTS support, securing cookies, changing cache controls etc. without the need to touch your application code. Faster provisioning and configuration update time Improved performance for your application gateway helps reduce overall cost

We highly recommend that customers use the V2 SKUs instead of the V1 SKU for new applications/workloads.

Customers who have existing applications behind the V1 SKUs of Application Gateway/WAF should also consider migrating to the V2




Unlock new features in the MT3620 MCU with the Azure Sphere 19.05 release

Each quarter, the Azure Sphere team works to open new scenarios to customers through new features on-chip and in the cloud.  The Azure Sphere 19.05 release continues this theme by unlocking the real-time capable cores that reside on the MT3620. Co-locating these cores within the same SOC enables new, real-time scenarios on the M4 cores while continuing to support connectivity scenarios on the high-level core. This release also introduces support for DHCP-based Ethernet connections to the cloud.

We are also pleased to announce that the Azure Sphere hardware ecosystem continues to expand with new modules available for mass production and new, less expensive development boards. Finally, new Azure Sphere reference solutions are available to accelerate your solution’s time to market.

To build applications that take advantage of this new functionality, please download and install the latest Azure Sphere SDK Preview for Visual Studio. All Wi-Fi connected devices will automatically receive an updated Azure Sphere operating system that contain support for these new features.

Enabling new MT3620-based features Real-time core preview—The OS and SDK support development, deployment, and debugging SPI, I2C, GPIO, UART and ADC real-time capable apps on the MT3620’s two M4 cores. GitHub sample apps show GPIO, UART, and