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July 2019

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November 2018

  • 11/30We are ending the MySQL Database on Azure service on December 1, 2019. This will be replaced by the Azure Database for MySQL service.

    Azure Database for MySQL provides fully managed, enterprise-level MySQL database as a service. With Azure Database for MySQL:

    • Customers can easily migrate to the cloud, using languages and frameworks of their choice.
    • Customers get built-in high availability and dynamic scaling, helping them easily adjust to changes in their demands.
    • Customers will benefit from the unparalleled security and compliance, including Azure IP Advantage.

    All these services come with a flexible pricing model so customers can choose resources for their workloads with no hidden cost. To find out more about Azure Database for MySQL, please see the Product Function page and Price Details page.

    If you are an existing customer:

    • There will be no interruption of service
    • You will be automatically migrated to the new service before the end of life of the existing service
    • Migration will begin on Feb 15th, 2019
    • Special pricing will be lost when scaled to a different service tier or if server is deleted.
    • You will continue to pay the same price post migration. Detailed information about the SKU mapping between the old service and the new service will be published before end of December 2018.
    • There is no action necessary for now. At a minimum, 30 days prior to your scheduled migration, you will receive additional notifications including the exact timeline for your migration.

    If you are a new customer:

    • You will not be accepted on the “MySQL Database on Azure” service as of the date of this announcement

    Please refer to MySQL Database on Azure Migration FAQs for the most common questions related to this migration

  • 11/16Azure Support Plan Notification

    We will be offering our new support plan from December 15. To deliver better experiences with Azure, we will continue to offer technical support services free-of-charge for enterprises. Customers who signed up for 21Vianet's Online Service Standard Agreement (OSSA) within the period of validity of your Azure agreement will get the “Developer” Support Plan. Customers who signed up for 21Vianet's Online Service Premier Agreement (OSPA) within the period of validity of your Azure agreement will get the “Standard” Support Plan. If you run business-critical workloads on Azure and would like to access services to satisfy the below needs, you may choose the paid “enterprise-tier” Premier Support Plan. Please contact your account manager for more details concerning purchase and use of “enterprise-tier” support plans.

    • Designated service delivery manager committed to improve your Azure experience.
    • Highest priority reactive support to help ensure business continuity of your services.

    Please clickhere for more details of support plans.

    In addition, adjusted phone service hours are from 9am to 9pm, Monday-Sunday since Dec 1st, 2018. For frequently asked questions on Azure, we recommend you get answers to your questions fast through Online Customer Service or WeChat Official Accounts (Azure Cloud Technical Support).

October 2018

  • 10/31We have updated our Privacy Statement for Online Services

    Your privacy is of critical importance to us. We strive to protect your personal information. Therefore, we have updated our Privacy Statement and would like to share the updates with you. The updates takes effect as from today.

    In particular, we have combined the Privacy Statements of Azure and Office 365 and made adjustments as shown below:

    1. Enhanced your rights to your personal information

    • Further strengthened your control over your personal information, including your right to know, right to choose, right of revocation and right to amend.
    • Clarified the principles such as storage constraints so as to ensure information will be deleted immediately following the end of the lifecycle or your personal information will be anonymized and etc.
    • Introduced our protection mechanism for your personal information, including protection for the personal information of minors.
    • Clarified that we would obtain your consent in advance with regards to the use of your personal information for purposes not covered by this privacy policy.

    2. A more transparent approach in introducing how your personal data would be processed

    • Clarified the boundaries of “personal information” and “sensitive personal information” and explained to you the scenarios that might involve “personal information” when 21Vianet Online Services collects and uses your information.
    • Covered a series of scenarios with regards to our collection of personal information. For example, we would collect your personal information through the process of real-name authentication when you use 21Vianet Online Services. In addition, we would also collect your personal information through websites and marketing activities.
    • Introduced how we would share your personal information, including sharing with external subjects.

    We encourage you to read the full Privacy Statement and understand the updates we made. If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact us through Azure support.

    Readfull Privacy Statement.

August 2018

  • Risk Warning: Linux denial of service vulnerability

    8/15: Another security vulnerability called “FragmentSmack” (CVE-2018-5391) also leads to denial of service (DoS) of Linux operating system. We have taken proper protective measures to ensure Microsoft cloud platform’s customers (Azure and Microsoft 365) free from the affection of this vulnerability. You do not need to take any immediate protective actions. However, as a best practice, we still recommend that you regularly consult each Linux distribution provider to install the latest updates for Linux Virtual Machines running on the Azure platform. You can consult each Linux distribution provider for more information on Linux security vulnerabilities.

    8/7: We noticed that a newly disclosed security vulnerability (CVE-2018-5390) may cause the Linux operating system to temporarily fall into a “Denial of Service (DoS)” state. Virtual Machines running the Linux operating system may be vulnerable to this attack, but Azure hosting platform will not be affected. We are currently working with numerous Linux distribution providers to help them address this security issue. Please contact each Linux distribution provider for guidance on how to address the CVE-2018-5390 security vulnerability. For more information on this vulnerability, please visit the Vulnerability Notes Database at https://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/962459.

    We will continue to update this security notice as the case progresses.

July 2018

  • 7/16PHP minor version + Xdebug update notifications

    In August 2018, Azure App Services will stack update PHP to the latest version. For information about changes in the latest version, please see the change logs on the PHP website.

    PHP Versions Change Logs
    7.1.19 http://www.php.net/ChangeLog-7.php#7.1.19
    7.2.7 http://www.php.net/ChangeLog-7.php#7.2.7

    We will also update the Xdebug binary files, which will include adding Xdebug support for PHP versions 7.1 and 7.2.

    PHP Versions Xdebug Path
    5.6 D:\devtools\xdebug\2.5.5\php_5.6\php_xdebug-2.5.5-5.6-vc11-nts.dll
    7.0 x86 D:\devtools\xdebug\2.6.0\php_7.0\php_xdebug-2.6.0-7.0-vc14-nts.dll
    7.0 x64 D:\devtools\xdebug\2.6.0\php_7.0\php_xdebug-2.6.0-7.0-vc14-nts-x86_64.dll
    7.1 x86 (new) D:\devtools\xdebug\2.6.0\php_7.1\php_xdebug-2.6.0-7.1-vc14-nts.dll
    7.1 x64 (new) D:\devtools\xdebug\2.6.0\php_7.1\php_xdebug-2.6.0-7.1-vc14-nts-x86_64.dll
    7.2 x86 (new) D:\devtools\xdebug\2.6.0\php_7.2\php_xdebug-2.6.0-7.2-vc15-nts.dll
    7.2 x64 (new) D:\devtools\xdebug\2.6.0\php_7.2\php_xdebug-2.6.0-7.2-vc15-nts-x86_64.dll

    Please note that the paths for xdebug.dll will be updated to the paths in the image above. We will delete the old xdebug.dll paths, including:

    Xdebug paths to be deleted:

    D:\devtools\xdebug\2.4.0\php_5.4\php_xdebug-2.4.0-5.4-vc9-nts.dll

    D:\devtools\xdebug\2.4.0\php_5.5\php_xdebug-2.4.0-5.5-vc11-nts.dll

    D:\devtools\xdebug\2.4.0\php_5.6\php_xdebug-2.4.0-5.6-vc11-nts.dll

    D:\devtools\xdebug\2.4.0\php_7.0\php_xdebug-2.4.0-7.0-vc14-nts-x86_64.dll

    D:\devtools\xdebug\2.4.0\php_7.0\php_xdebug-2.4.0-7.0-vc14-nts.dll

    For more information about how to use the right version of Xdebug for your version of PHP, see the Xdebug Blog.

Product Update

November 2019

  • 11/13Azure Backup for SQL Server in VM is officially released

    Azure Backup for SQL Server in VM is officially released in China North and China North 2 data center, It is an enterprise scale, zero-infrastructure solution that eliminates the need to deploy and manage backup infrastructure while providing a simple and consistent experience to centrally manage and monitor the backups on standalone SQL instances, the solution combines the core cloud promises of simplicity, scalability, security and cost effectiveness with inherent SQL backup capabilities that are leveraged by using native APIs, to yield high fidelity backups and restores. The key value propositions of this solution are:

    • Zero-infrastructure backup
    • Restore to any time, up to a specific second
    • 15-minute Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
    • Long-term retention

    To learn more about this service and pricing, please visitAzure Backup Featurepage andAzure Backup Price Detailspage. For more details, please visitAzure Backup Documentationpage.

  • 11/07Azure Cognitive Services Speech Services officially released in China East 2 data centers

    Azure Speech Services now supports speech-to-text feature. Easily add real-time speech-to-text capabilities to your applications, tools, or devices can consume, and take action on as command input. By default, the speech-to-text service uses the Universal language model. This model was trained using Azure-owned data and is deployed in the cloud. It's optimal for conversational and dictation scenarios. If you are using speech-to-text for recognition and transcription in a unique environment, you can create and train custom acoustic, language, and pronunciation models to address ambient noise or industry-specific vocabulary.

    To learn more about this service and pricing, please visitAzure Cognitive Services Featurepage andAzure Cognitive Services Price Detailspage. For more details, please visitAzure Cognitive Services Documentationpage.

  • 11/07Azure Application Gateway v2 preview released

    Azure Application Gateway Standard v2 preview released, Application Gateway is Azure’s Application Delivery Controller as-a-service offering which provides customers with layer 7 load balancing, security and WAF functionality. The v2 SKUs also offer the following additional capabilities to Application Gateway and WAF:

    • Autoscaling: allows elasticity to your application enabling it to scale up or down based on application traffic pattern. This also eliminates the need to run Application Gateway at peak provisioned capacity, thus significantly saving cost.
    • Zone redundancy: enables your Application Gateway to survive zonal failures, thereby offering better resilience to your applications.
    • Static VIPs: ensure that the Application Gateway VIP will not change over its lifecycle.
    • Improved performance: offers better application performance and also helps reduce overall cost.

    To learn more about this service and pricing, please visitAzure Application Gateway Featurepage andAzure Application Gateway Price Detailspage. For more details, please visitAzure Application Gateway Documentationpage.

October 2019

  • 10/31Azure App Service Environment officially released

    App Service Environment is a isolated service plan option of App Service, it provides a fully isolated and dedicated environment for securely running Azure App Service apps at high scale,It is designed to run mission critical workloads, that are required to run in a virtual network. The Isolated plan allows customers to run their apps in a private, dedicated environment in an Azure datacenter using Dv2-series VMs with faster processors, SSD storage, and double the memory-to-core ratio compared to Standard. The private environment used with an Isolated plan is called the App Service Environment.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visitAzure App Service Featurepage andAzure App Service Price Detailspage. For more details, please visitAzure App Service Documentationpage.

  • 10/24Azure Active Directory Premium Edition officially released

    Azure Active Directory is cloud-based identity and access management service, designed to empower organizations with more demanding identity and access management needs, Azure Active Directory Premium edition adds feature-rich enterprise-level identity management capabilities and enables hybrid users to seamlessly access on-premises and cloud capabilities. This edition includes everything you need for information worker and identity administrators in hybrid environments across application access, self-service identity and access management (IAM), and security in the cloud.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visitAzure Active Directory Featurepage andAzure Active Directory Price Detailspage. For more details, please visitAzure Active Directory Documentationpage.

  • 10/11Azure Virtual WAN officially released

    Azure Virtual WAN is a networking service that provides optimized and automated branch connectivity to, and through, Azure. Azure regions serve as hubs that you can choose to connect your branches to. You can leverage the Azure backbone to also connect branches and enjoy branch-to-VNet connectivity. Azure Virtual WAN brings together many Azure cloud connectivity services such as site-to-site VPN into a single operational interface. Connectivity to Azure VNets is established by using virtual network connections. Virtual WAN offers the following advantages:

    • Integrated connectivity solutions in hub and spoke
    • Automated spoke setup and configuration
    • Intuitive troubleshooting

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visitAzure Virtual WAN Featurepage andAzure Virtual WAN Price Detailspage. For more details, please visitAzure Virtual WAN Documentationpage.

  • 10/11Azure Monitor SMS Alert Country Code Updates

    Azure Monitor SMS Alert has added 22 country codes. Azure Monitor and Service Health alerts use action groups to notify users that an alert has been triggered. Various alerts may use the same action group or different action groups depending on the user's requirements. You may configure up to 2,000 action groups in a subscription. You configure an action to notify a person by email or SMS, they receive a confirmation indicating they have been added to the action group.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visitAzure Monitor Featurepage andAzure Monitor Price Detailspage. For more details, please visitAzure Monitor Documentationpage.

September 2019

  • 9/30Azure Media Service Premium Live Encoder officially released

    Azure Media Service Premium Live Encoder officially release, the Premium Live Encoder for Azure Media Services now allows you to live encode a full adaptive bitrate streaming profile for content at a resolution of 1080p and up to 30 frames-per-second. If you have access to sufficiently capable on-premises hardware encoders and sufficient bandwidth, you can opt to produce adaptive bitrate streaming profiles at resolutions up to 4K and 60 frames per second, and use pass-through Live Events in Azure Media Services for dynamic packaging to streaming formats.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit Azure Media Services Feature page and Azure Media Services Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Media Services Documentation page.

  • 9/30Azure Network Watcher Traffic Analytics officially released in China East 2 data center

    Azure Network Watcher Traffic Analytics officially release in China East 2 data center, a cloud-based solution that provides visibility into user and application traffic on your cloud networks. Traffic Analytics analyzes NSG Flow Logs across Azure regions and equips you with actionable information to optimize workload performance, secure applications and data, audit your organization’s network activity and stay compliant. With Traffic Analytics, customers could use the functionality as below:

    • Gain visibility into network activity across your cloud networks
    • Secure your network and Identify threats on your network
    • Improve performance of your applications

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visitAzure Network Watcher Feature page and Azure Network Watcher Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Network Watcher Documentation page.

  • 9/5Azure Functions with Consumption Plan officially released

    Azure Functions is a solution for easily running small pieces of code, or "functions," in the cloud. You can write just the code need for the problem at hand, without worrying about a whole application or the infrastructure to run it. When you're using the Consumption plan, instances of the Azure Functions host are dynamically added and removed based on the number of incoming events. This serverless plan scales automatically, and you're charged for compute resources only when your functions are running.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visitAzure Functions Feature page andAzure Functions Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Functions Documentation page.

  • 9/5Azure Firewall officially released

    Azure Firewall is a managed, cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It's a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability. You can 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.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visitAzure Firewall Feature page andAzure Firewall Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Firewall Documentation page.

  • 9/5Azure Resource Graph preview released

    Azure Resource Graph is a service in Azure that is designed to extend Azure Resource Management by providing efficient and performant resource exploration with the ability to query at scale across a given set of subscriptions so that you can effectively govern your environment. These queries provide the following features:

    • Ability to query resources with complex filtering, grouping, and sorting by resource properties.
    • Ability to iteratively explore resources based on governance requirements.
    • Ability to assess the impact of applying policies in a vast cloud environment.
    • Ability to detail changes made to resource properties (preview).

    To learn more about this service, please visitAzure Resource Graph Feature page.

August 2019

  • 8/29Azure Information Protection officially released

    Azure Information Protection for OFFICE 365 officially released, it helps an organization to classify and optionally, protect its documents and emails by applying labels. Labels can be applied automatically by administrators who define rules and conditions, manually by users, or a combination where users are given recommendations. Control and help secure email, documents, and sensitive data that you share outside your company walls. From easy classification to embedded labels and permissions, enhance data protection at all times with Azure Information Protection, no matter where it's stored or who it's shared with.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visitAzure Information Protection Feature page andAzure Information Protection Price Details page.

  • 8/22Azure Event Grid officially released

    Azure Event Grid is a fully-managed intelligent event routing service. With Azure Event Grid, you will be able to subscribe to any event that's happening across your Azure resources. In addition to having built-in publishing support for events with services like Blob Storage and Resource Groups, Event Grid will allow you to create your own custom events to publish directly to the service. In addition to having a wide range of Azure services with built-in handlers for events like Functions, Logic Apps, and Azure Automation, Event Grid will allow flexibility, supporting custom web hooks to publish events to any service, even third-party services outside of Azure. This flexibility will create endless application options, and make Azure Event Grid a truly unique service in the public cloud.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visitAzure Event Grid Feature page andAzure Event Grid Service Price Details page. For more details, please visitAzure Event Grid Service Documentation page.

  • 8/16Azure Blob lifecycle management officially released

    Azure Blob lifecycle management offers a rich, rule-based policy for your unstructured data. You can use the policy to transition your data to the appropriate access tiers or to expire your data at the end of its lifecycle. The lifecycle management policy lets you:

    • Transition blobs to a cooler storage tier (hot to cool, hot to archive, or cool to archive) to optimize for performance and cost;
    • Delete blobs at the end of their lifecycles;
    • Define rules to be run once per day at the storage account level;
    • Apply rules to containers or a subset of blobs (using prefixes as filters).

    To learn more about this service, please visit Azure Blob Storage Product page. For more details, please visit Azure Blob Storage Documentation page.

  • 8/16Azure Blob Rehydrate preview released

    Azure Blob Rehydrate preview released, while a blob is in the archive access tier, it's considered offline and can't be read or modified. To read data in archive storage, you must first change the tier of the blob to hot or cool. This process is known as rehydration and can take hours to complete. There are currently two rehydrate priorities, Standard priority and High priority, Standard priority is the default rehydration option for archive. High priority is a faster option that will cost more than Standard priority rehydration and is usually reserved for use in emergency data restoration situations.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit Azure Blob Storage Service Feature page and Azure Blob Storage Service Price Details page.

  • 8/8Azure Virtual Machines New B Series and 48 vCPU officially released

    Azure Virtual Machines New B Series and 48 vCPU officially released, we have released three new B-series sizes: B1ls, B12ms, B16ms and B20ms. These are lower cost VMs with flexible CPU usage. As with other B-series offerings, workloads that have ‘peaks and valleys’ usage patterns can take full advantage of the cost savings that these new sizes can offer. Workloads like build servers require 100% CPU utilization when the build is running, and the rest of the time, the servers can run at much lower cpu utilization rate. New 48vCPUs sizes for the Dv3, Dsv3, Ev3, Esv3, Fsv2 Azure Virtual Machines are now available. This gives you more flexibility as you gradually scale up your workloads to meet your needs without overprovisioning your vCPU count. The new 48vCPUs VM sizes give you the opportunity to rightsize your vCPU count to better fit your workload requirements.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit Azure Virtual Machines Service Feature page and Azure Virtual Machines Service Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Virtual Machines Service Documentation page.

  • 8/8Azure Database Migration Service has now been officially released in China East 2 data center

    Azure Database Migration Service is a fully managed service designed to enable seamless migrations from multiple database sources to Azure data platforms with minimal downtime. The service uses the Data Migration Assistant to generate assessment reports that provide recommendations to guide you through the changes required prior to performing a migration. now supports offline and online migrations using the premium tier. The premium tier (formerly known as business critical) currently supports 4 vCore SKU and allows you to execute large or business critical workload migrations. This includes online migrations with near zero downtime and offline migrations, at faster migration speed.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit Azure Database Migration Service Feature page andAzure Database Migration Service Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Database Migration Service Documentation page.

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

  • 5/30Azure Active Directory B2C preview released

    Azure Active Directory B2C is a cloud identity service built on Azure Active Directory platform. It authenticates with popular social identity providers in China (such as Weibo, WeChat and QQ) through multi-tenant and cloud service support. It is application-oriented, highly available global identity management service that can be extended to hundreds of millions of identities. It can be easily integrated across mobile and Web platforms, and your customers can log in to applications using existing social accounts or creating new authentication information through a fully customizable experience.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit Azure Active Directory B2C Feature page and Azure Active Directory B2C Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Active Directory B2C Documentation page.

  • 5/27The preview version of Azure SQL Database serverless computing released

    Azure SQL Database serverless computing has optimized its price performance and simplified the performance management of intermittent and unpredictable database. According to the requirement of workload, the auto scaling of single database computing is available and the used computing is charged on a basis of second. During periods of inactivity, the computing is automatically suspended (only storage is charged at this time) and automatically resumed when the activity returns. Users will focus on building applications more quickly and efficiently due to serverless. Like all databases in SQL databases, serverless databases provide high availability and benefit from built-in intelligence for security and performance optimization.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit Azure SQL Database Feature page and Azure SQL Database Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure SQL Database Serverless Compute Documentation page.

  • 5/2421Vianet Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) official version released

    Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) manages your hosted Kubernetes environment, making it quick and easy to deploy and manage containerized applications without container orchestration expertise. It also eliminates the burden of ongoing operations and maintenance by provisioning, upgrading, and scaling resources on demand, without taking your applications offline.

    To understand more about this service, please visit Azure Kubernetes Feature page. Please contact 21Vianet sales or distributors for technical support and offer plan details of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in China. For more details, please visit Azure Kubernetes Service Documentation page.

  • 5/17The free version of Azure Cognitive Services Language Understanding API officially released

    Language Understanding API is one of Azure Cognitive Services. You can build your own self-defined language model to make any program or robot understand your command and execute corresponding operation. Powerful developer tools are combined with customizable pre-built apps and entity dictionaries, such as Calendar, Music, and Devices, so you can build and deploy a solution more quickly. Dictionaries are mined from the collective knowledge of the web and supply billions of entries, helping your model to correctly identify valuable information from user conversations.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit Language Understanding API Feature page and Language Understanding API Price Details page. For more details, please visit Language Understanding API Document page.

  • 5/13The Azure SQL Database hyperscale service tier Gen5 has now been officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers

    The Azure SQL Database hyperscale service tier is the latest service tier in the vCore-based purchase models, which can be adjusted on demand according to workload requirements. Each database can be quickly and automatically scaled to 100 TB, eliminating the demand for provisioning storage resources, while significantly tapping the potential of application growth to keep it from being limited by the storage size. This new service tier can also scale computing and storage resources independently, giving the flexibility to optimize workload performance. Azure SQL Database is massive and can be used for a single database deployment.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit Azure SQL Database Feature page and Azure SQL Database Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure SQL Database Document page.

  • 5/9The Azure public IP prefix officially released

    The public IP prefix is a service in the public IP address. It is a reserved range of IP addresses for your public endpoints in Azure. You can use prefixes to simplify IP address management in Azure. You can change the firewall rules knowing the address range in advance and no longer need to assign IP addresses to new resources. With address prediction, you can dramatically reduce management overhead when scaling in Azure.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit Public IP Address Price Details page. For more details, please visit Public IP Address Document page.

  • 5/5Azure Managed Disks Large Capacity Disks have now been officially released

    Azure Managed Disks is a service that is designed and controlled by Azure for virtual disk files (VHDs) and storage accounts used by virtual machines.

    • Premium Managed Disks are high performance Solid State Drive (SSD) based Storage designed to support I/O intensive workloads with significantly high throughput and low latency. Premium Managed Disks types P60, P70, and P80 (with disk size of 8TB, 16TB, and 32TB respectively) have now been officially released.
    • Standard SSD Managed Disks, a low-cost SSD offering, are optimized for test and entry-level production workloads requiring consistent latency. Standard SSD Managed Disks types E60, E70, and E80 (with disk size of 8TB, 16TB, and 32TB respectively) have now been officially released.
    • Standard Managed Disks use Hard Disk Drive (HDD) based Storage media. They are best suited for dev/test and other infrequent access workloads that are less sensitive to performance variability. Standard Managed Disks types S60, S70, and S80 (with disk size of 8TB, 16TB, and 32TB respectively) have now been officially released.

    To understand more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Managed Disks Feature page and Azure Managed Disks Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Managed Disks Documentation page.

April 2019

  • 4/23Azure Virtual Machines SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Basic and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Priority officially released

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is the world's leading modular operating system for secure open source servers and the first supported Enterprise Linux distribution on Azure. Its tuned kernel provides faster access to new and upcoming Azure features, helping users become more agile. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Basic is the base version, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Priority provides the following key features:

    • Automatic failover of the SAP HANA database;
    • Page cache limits able to maintain SAP application performance;
    • Built-in high availability cluster to reduce downtime;
    • Full system rollback, including service pack updates, to quickly recover errors;
    • Linux container with Docker for automated application deployment

    To understand more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Virtual Machines Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Virtual Machines Documentation page.

  • 4/18The Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers

    The Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service, one of the features of Azure IoT Hub, allows you to make zero-touch device configurations for your Azure IoT Hub. With this feature, you can securely provision and register IoT devices on a large scale. The design of the Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service takes supply chain challenges into full consideration and offers the infrastructure required to configure millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner.

    Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service has now been officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers. To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure IoT Hub Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service Document page.

  • 4/17Azure HDInsight now officially released in China East 2 data center

    Azure HDInsight is a fully-managed cloud service that makes it easy, fast, and cost-effective to process massive amounts of data. Use popular open-source frameworks such as Hadoop, Spark, Hive, LLAP, Kafka, Storm, HBase, and more. Azure HDInsight enables a broad range of scenarios such as ETL, Data Warehousing, IoT, and more.

    Azure HDInsight Linux has now been officially released in China East 2 data center. To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure HDInsight Services Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure HDInsight Document page.

  • 4/10Azure Advisor officially released

    Azure Advisor is a free, personalized cloud consulting product that helps you follow best practices to optimize your Azure deployments. It analyzes your resource configuration and usage telemetry, and then recommends solutions that help you to increase cost-effectiveness, performance, and availability of Azure resources. Azure Advisor allows you to obtain the following workable recommendations:

    • High availability: Safeguards and improves the continuity of business-critical apps;
    • Performance: Increases the speed of apps;
    • Cost: Optimizes and reduces overall Azure expenditure.

    Azure Advisor has now been officially released. For more information about this service, please visit the Azure Advisor Service Functions page. For more detailed information, visit the Azure Advisor Documents page.

  • 4/5Azure Container Registry officially released in China East and China North data centers

    Azure Container Registry provides a hosted Docker registration service for storing and managing private container images. Azure Container Registry can work along with the existing container development and deployment channels. You can generate a container image in Azure using the Azure Container Registry Build. The source code submission and base image update can be used to generate triggers on demand as needed or fully automatically.

    Azure Container Registry has been officially released in China East and China North data centers. To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit the Container Registry Service Feature page and the Container Registry Price Details page. For more details, please visit the Azure Container Registry Documentation page.

  • 4/2Translator Text API officially released

    The Translator Text API is a neural machine translation service that developers can easily integrate into their applications websites, tools, or any solution requiring multi-language support such as website localization, e-commerce, customer support, messaging applications, internal communication, and more. It can be used to translate text in near real-time through a simple REST API call. It allows you to add multi-language user experiences in more than 60 languages, and can be used on any hardware platform with any operating system for text-to-text language translation.

    The Translator Text API is part of the Azure Cognitive Services API collection, and is readily consumable in your development projects.

    The Translator Text API has now been officially released. To understand more about this service and pricing, please visit Translator Text API Feature page and Translator Text API Price Details page. For more details, please visit Translator Text API Documentation.

  • 4/1Azure CDN for China regions with global coverage officially released

    Azure CDN improves application performance by caching content to the location nearest the customer. CDN stands for content delivery network. Virtually all large-scale websites use the Content Delivery Network technology today, but the technology is by no means exclusive to large websites. The basic purpose of the network is to avoid bottlenecks and other parts of the Internet that could affect data transfer rates and stability, to make content transfers faster and more stable. By placing node servers in different places across the network and building a more intelligent layer of virtual networks by using the Internet as a foundation, Content Delivery Network systems can redirect user requests in real time to the service node closest to the user based on the status of network traffic and node connections and loads, as well as overall information on distance to the user and response times.

    Content Delivery Network Standard Plus for Zone 1 and Standard for Zone 2 have now been officially released. To understand more about this service, please visit Content Delivery Network Feature page and Content Delivery Network Price Details page. For more details, please visit Content Delivery Network Documentation page.

March 2019

  • 3/11Alert rules feature of Azure Monitor officially released in China East and China North data centers

    Azure Monitor is a platform function used to monitor and control Azure resources. Azure Monitor allows you to gather detailed performance and usage data, activity and diagnostic logs, and notifications, in a consistent way. You can use Azure portal to view and analyze monitoring data and set up alert-based automated actions. Alerts proactively notify you when important conditions are found in your monitoring data. They allow you to identify and address issues before the users of your system notice them.

    Alert rules are separated from alerts and the action that are taken when an alert fires.

    The alert rule captures the target and criteria for alerting. The alert rule can be in an enabled or a disabled state. Alerts only fire when enabled.

    The key attributes of an alert rule are: target resource, signal, criteria, alert name, alert description, severity, and action.

    To understand more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Monitor Feature page and Azure Monitor Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Monitor Documentation page.

  • 3/821Vianet Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) public preview version released

    Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) manages your hosted Kubernetes environment, making it quick and easy to deploy and manage containerized applications without container orchestration expertise. It also eliminates the burden of ongoing operations and maintenance by provisioning, upgrading, and scaling resources on demand, without taking your applications offline.

    To understand more about this service, please visit Azure Kubernetes Feature page. Please contact 21Vianet sales or distributors for technical support and offer plan details of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in China.

  • 3/4Azure Virtual Machines M-series officially released in China North 2 data center

    The Azure Virtual Machines M Series – the VM that offers the highest performance so far – are now officially released in China North 2 data center. Optimized for large in-memory workloads (such as SAP HANA) and provisioned with large RAM and vCPU capabilities, the new M Series VM can cope with the harshest environments. The M Series can support up to 128 virtual CPUs (vCPU) and 1 to 3.8 TiB of RAM. In addition, such VM instances support premium storage and can handle largest enterprise workloads.

    The new M Series are also integrated with accelerated networking and support VM-to-VM data transmission at a speed up to 30 GB/s (Gbps). It is therefore very suitable for ultra-fast real-time database replication and backup, where you no longer have to worry about the issue of rapidly growing space in your cloud environment.

    To understand more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Virtual Machines Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Virtual Machines Documentation page.

  • 3/1The standard version of Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics API officially released

    The Text Analytics API is a cloud-based service that provides advanced natural language processing over raw text, and includes four main functions: sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction, language detection, and entity linking.

    The API is backed by resources in Microsoft Cognitive Services, a collection of machine learning and AI algorithms in the cloud, readily consumable in your development projects.

    The standard version of Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics API has now been officially released. For more information on this feature and its pricing, please visit Text Analytics API Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Text Analytics API Documentation.

  • 3/1The standard version of Azure Cognitive Services Content Moderator API officially released

    The Azure Content Moderator API is a cognitive service that checks text, image, and video content for material that is potentially offensive, risky, or otherwise undesirable. When such material is found, the service applies appropriate labels (flags) to the content. Your app can then handle flagged content in order to comply with regulations or maintain the intended environment for users.

    The standard version of Azure Cognitive Services Content Moderator API has now been officially released. For more information on this feature and its pricing, please visit Content Moderator API Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Content Moderator API Documentation.

  • 3/1Azure Cosmos DB Multi-Master support official released

    Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed, multi-model database service that supports document, key/value pairs, wide-column, and graph databases. With the click of a button, Cosmos DB enables you to elastically and independently scale throughput and storage across any number of Azure's geographic regions and take advantage of fast, single-digit-millisecond data access using your favorite API among SQL, MongoDB, Cassandra, Tables, or Gremlin. With multi-master, Azure Cosmos DB delivers a single digit millisecond write latency at the 99th percentile anywhere in the world, and now offers 99.999 percent write availability (in addition to 99.999 percent read availability) backed by the industry-leading SLAs, providing throughput, latency, availability, and consistency guarantees, something no other database service can offer.

    Azure Cosmos DB Multi-Master support is now official released. To learn more about Azure Cosmos DB, please visit Azure Cosmos DB Feature page and Azure Cosmos DB Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Cosmos DB Document page.

  • 3/1Log Analytics of Azure Monitor officially released in China East 2 data center

    Azure Log Analytics is part of the Azure Monitor. It collects telemetry from a variety of sources and uses the query language used by Azure Data Explorer to retrieve and analyze data.

    Azure Log Analytics is now officially released in China East 2 data center. To learn more about Log Analytics, please visit Azure Monitor Feature page and Azure Monitor Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Monitor Document page.

February 2019

  • 2/15Azure Archive Storage officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers

    Azure Storage offers different storage tiers, which allow you to store Blob object data in the most cost-effective manner. The available tiers include Hot storage, Cool storage, and Archive storage. Archive storage has the lowest storage cost and higher data retrieval costs compared to Hot and Cool storage. This tier is intended for data that can tolerate several hours of retrieval latency and will remain in the Archive tier for at least 180 days. Archive storage enables data at rest automatically encrypted, and provides seamless integration with hot and cool storage tiers.

    Azure Archive Storage is officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers. To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Archive Storage Service Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Archive Storage Document page.

  • 2/14Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 now officially released

    Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 is an uncompromising data lake platform that combines a wide variety of advanced data lake solution feature sets as well as the economy, global scale and enterprise-level security of Azure Blob Storage.

    ADLS Gen2 has introduced many powerful features to the market:

    • It adopts a storage model boasting the same low cost as Azure Blob Storage.
    • It is tightly integrated with Azure SQL Data Warehouse to speed up development of end-to-end analysis workflows.
    • It will support Azure Blob Storage functions, including object layering, lifecycle policy management and high availability/disaster recovery data redundancy.
    • It provides a highly performing HDFS compatible file system, supports atomic operations and can reach a throughput up to 1 TB/s.
    • It supports Common Data Service data storage through Power BI or SQL Data Warehouse.
    • It features global network support by big data analysis partners and system integrators.

    Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 is now officially released. To understand more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 Documentation page.

  • 2/1Azure IoT Hub is officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers

    Azure IoT Hub is now officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers. It can easily connect IoT assets with Azure IoT Hub, add new devices and connect existing devices with open source device SDKs that work on multiple platforms (including Linux, Windows and real-time operating systems), and use standard protocols and custom protocols including HTTP, Premium Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) and Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT). Using Azure IoT Hub’s device management function, administrators can also remotely maintain, update and manage IoT devices on a large scale, eliminating the need to develop and maintain custom device management solutions and expend further resources on maintaining global assets, and delivering savings in terms of both time and costs.

    For more information on services and pricing, please consult the Azure IoT Hub Service Features page and the Azure IoT Hub Pricing Details page. For more details, please visit Azure IoT Hub Documentation.

  • 2/1 Azure Virtual Network Global VNET Peering officially released

    Azure Virtual Network enables many types of Azure resources, such as Azure Virtual Machines (VM), to securely communicate with each other, the internet, and on-premises networks. A virtual network is scoped to a single region. You can build a hybrid infrastructure that you control, bring your own IP addresses and DNS servers, secure your connections with an IPSec VPN or ExpressRoute, and get granular control over traffic between subnets for your private network in the cloud.

    Azure Virtual Network Global VNET Peering is now officially released. To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit Virtual Network Feature Page and Price Details Page. For more details, please visit Azure Virtual Network Documentation.

January 2019

  • 1/16The free version of Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics API officially released

    The Text Analytics API is a cloud-based service that provides advanced natural language processing over raw text, and includes four main functions: sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction, language detection, and entity linking.

    The API is backed by resources in Microsoft Cognitive Services, a collection of machine learning and AI algorithms in the cloud, readily consumable in your development projects.

    The free version of Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics API has now been officially released. For more information on this feature and its pricing, please visit Text Analytics API Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Text Analytics API Documentation.

  • 1/7The free version of Azure Cognitive Services Content Moderator API officially released

    The Azure Content Moderator API is a cognitive service that checks text, image, and video content for material that is potentially offensive, risky, or otherwise undesirable. When such material is found, the service applies appropriate labels (flags) to the content. Your app can then handle flagged content in order to comply with regulations or maintain the intended environment for users.

    The free version of Azure Cognitive Services Content Moderator API has now been officially released. For more information on this feature and its pricing, please visit Content Moderator API Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Content Moderator API Documentation.

  • 1/1Azure Cosmos DB Cassandra, Table, and Gremlin APIs officially released

    Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed, multi-model database service that supports document, key/value pairs, wide-column, and graph databases. With the click of a button, Cosmos DB enables you to elastically and independently scale throughput and storage across any number of Azure's geographic regions and take advantage of fast, single-digit-millisecond data access using your favorite APIs among SQL, MongoDB, and newly released Cassandra, Table, or Gremlin.

    Azure Cosmos DB Cassandra, Table, and Gremlin APIs have now been official released. To learn more about Azure Cosmos DB, please visit Azure Cosmos DB Feature page and Azure Cosmos DB Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Cosmos DB Document page.

  • 1/1Azure Storage E4 and E6 Standard SSD Managed Disks are now officially released

    Standard SSD Managed Disks, a low-cost SSD offering, are optimized for test and entry-level production workloads requiring consistent latency. Standard SSD Managed Disks can also be used for big data workloads that require high throughput. Standard SSD Managed Disks deliver lower latency compared to Standard HDDs, while improving reliability and scalability for your applications, and are available with all Azure VM sizes. Standard SSD Managed Disks can be easily upgraded to Premium SSD Managed Disks for more demanding and latency-sensitive enterprise workloads. Offered as a managed disk solution, Standard SSD Managed Disks come with the same industry leading durability and availability that you expect from Premium SSD Managed Disks. E4 and E6 Standard SSD Managed Disks are now officially released.

    To understand more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Storage Managed Disks feature page and pricing details page. For more details please visit Azure Storage Documentation.

December 2018

  • 12/30Service Bus Premium tier officially released

    Azure Service Bus is a multi-tenant cloud messaging service you can use to send information between applications and services. The asynchronous operations give you flexible, brokered messaging, along with structured first-in, first-out (FIFO) messaging, and publish/subscribe capabilities.

    Service Bus premium runs in dedicated resources to provide higher throughput and more consistent performance.

    Azure Service Bus Premium tier is now officially released. To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit Service Bus Feature Page and Price Details Page. For more details, please visit Azure Service Bus Documentation.

  • 12/27Azure DNS Now Officially Released

    Host your domain in Azure for outstanding performance and availability. You can use Azure DNS to host your Domain Name System (DNS) in Azure. Manage your DNS records using the same credentials, and billing and support contract, as your other Azure services. Seamlessly integrate Azure-based services with corresponding DNS updates and streamline your end-to-end deployment process. Azure DNS is now officially released.

    To understand more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure DNS feature page and pricing details page. For more details please visit Azure DNS Documentation page.

  • 12/25ExpressRoute now officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers

    ExpressRoute is now officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data center. You can contact the local support ExpressRoute connection service provider (GDS Services Ltd.) to create a private network connection. ExpressRoute is a service that enables you to create private connections between Azure datacenters and customer-owned environment. ExpressRoute connections don't go over the public internet, and offer more reliability, faster speeds, and lower latencies than internet connections.

    To understand more about this service and pricing, please visit ExpressRoute feature page and pricing details page. For more details please visit ExpressRoute Documentation page.

November 2018

October 2018

  • 10/24中国区云迁移和扩展预览上线

    中国区云迁移和扩展为客户提供评估服务和迁移指南,以减少以下两种情况中的问题:

    1. 客户的 Azure 云服务在 Azure 中国各个区域之间迁移,请访问https://aka.ms/ccmechina

    2. 客户的 Azure 云服务在 Azure 全球和 Azure 中国之间迁移和扩展,请访问 https://aka.ms/ccme

    该产品由两部分构成:

    网上评估服务可评估源环境和目的环境之间服务与配置的一致性并估算迁移成本。客户可通过订阅和/或 Azure 使用情况报告来进行评估。

    迁移指南经过工程验证,为主要工作负载迁移提供循序渐进的视频指南。主要工作负载包括虚拟机、存储、虚拟网络、数据库、Web 应用和 Azure Cosmos DB。

  • 10/15Azure 逻辑应用预览版发布

    逻辑应用(Logic Apps)能够协助你快速生成功能强大的集成解决方案,连接关键业务应用和服务,无需编写任何代码行便可自动化工具流。通过大型服务型软件(SaaS)生态系统和基于云的连接器(包括 Salesforce、Office 365、Twitter、Dropbox、Google 服务等),可连接任意位置(本地或云端)的应用、数据和设备。

    要了解此功能及定价的信息,请访问逻辑应用服务功能页面和逻辑应用价格详情页面。更多详细信息请访问Azure 逻辑应用文档页面。

  • 10/15Azure 在线客服预览发布

    即日起,您可以通过以下两个通道获得针对Azure使用过程中的常见问题的快速解答,无需等待。

    ? 登陆 Azure 支持提交 页面,点击右下角“在线客服

    ? 关注“Microsoft云科技”微信公众号,点击菜单 感受云-智能客服(预览版) (注:微信渠道暂只提供智能客服)

    Azure 智能客服“小云”运用了 Azure 认知服务、Azure Cosmos DB 以及机器学习,利用支持数据与技术知识库,能够为用户解答 Azure 问题的相关信息。同时,通过持续的机器学习训练,智能客服能够随着时间推移进行自身进化,不断提高答案准确性。在智能客服支持的基础上,用户还可以选择在线人工客服,在同一聊天中接入工程师继续获得支持。通过这样的“在线客服”支持模式,我们期望向您提供更快捷、更易得、更智能的 Azure 支持体验。

September 2018

  • 9/28Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge preview version released

    Azure Stream Analytics on Azure IoT Edge enables developers to deploy near-real-time analytical intelligence closer to IoT devices so that they can unlock the full value of device-generated data. Azure Stream Analytics is designed for low latency, resiliency, efficient use of bandwidth, and compliance. Enterprises can now deploy control logic close to industrial operations and complement big data analytics performed in the cloud. For more information on this feature and its pricing, please visit the Azure Stream Analytics Pricing Page. Please see this documentation for more details.

  • 9/18Azure Backup is officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers

    Azure Backup is a reliable, low-cost, and scalable solution, allowing for backup of local data onto the cloud. Without any capital investment, you can protect your key business data with the lowest operating expenses.

    Azure Backup now enables backup of virtual machines on Azure through a few simple steps, and also permits placing the restore points on the cloud storage. Whenever necessary, you can respond from the restore points to meet various demands for protecting Azure Virtual Machines.

    The Azure Backup is now officially released in the new data centers (China East 2 and China North 2). To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Backup Service Feature page and Price Details page. For more details, please visit Azure Backup Document page.

  • 9/18Azure Site Recovery is officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers

    Azure Site Recovery can help protect your major services by coordinating automatic copying and recovery of the private cloud at auxiliary positions. There are two major deployment choices.

    • The Virtual Machine operated while Hyper-V and system center are used can be copied between two client sites. Azure Site Recovery can monitor the status and storage recovery plan of the application programs operated at home sites and execute the plan when necessary. When site interruptions happen at the main data center, Virtual Machine recovers as arranged so as to help rapidly recover services. This process can also be used for recovery tests or temporary transmission services.
    • Now, Virtual Machine can be copied directly from a home site to Azure instead of your own auxiliary site. When home site interrupt happens, this service can coordinate the recovery of Virtual Machine in Azure.

    The Azure Site Recovery is now officially released in the new data centers (China East 2 and China North 2). To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Site Recovery Services Feature page and Price Details page.For more details, please visit Azure Site Recovery Document page.

  • 9/17Azure Resource Manager Management Groups Feature is officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers

    Management Groups is a feature of the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) service. If your organization has many subscriptions, you may need a way to effectively manage the access, policy, and compliance for those subscriptions. Azure Management Groups provide a higher level of coverage than subscriptions. You organize subscriptions in a container called a "Management Group" and apply your management conditions to the Management Group. All subscriptions in the Management Group automatically inherit these conditions. Regardless of the type of subscription you use, the management team can provide you with large-scale enterprise-level management. For more details, please visit Management Group Documentation.

  • 9/13Azure Automation is officially released in China North 2 data center

    Azure Automation provides cloud-based automation and configuration services which allow for consistent management in both Azure and non-Azure environments. Functions include process automation, update management, and configuration. Azure Automation provides full control during the deployment, operation, and shutdown of workloads and resources. Azure Automation has now officially been released in the China North 2 data center. To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Automation Service Feature Page and Price Details Page. For more details, please visit Azure Automation Documentation Page.

  • 9/109/10 Azure Batch is officially released in China East 2 and China North 2 data centers

    Using Azure Batch allows users to efficiently run massively parallel and high performance computing (HPC) batch jobs in Azure. Users can use the Batch scheduling function for free, paying only for the underlying virtual machine service consumption. There is no additional cost for using Azure Batch. Developers use Azure Batch to extend parallel workloads, manage the execution of tasks in queues, and offload computing jobs in the cloud through applications. By using Azure Batch, users can run these applications on demand or on a large scale without having to create and manage clusters, virtual machines, or job plans. Azure Batch can manage virtual machine deployment, autoscaling, and failback; be used as a part of your workflow; and deliver applications as a service.

    Azure Batch has now officially been released in the new data centers (China East 2 and China North 2). To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit Azure Batch Service Feature Page and Price Details Page.For more details, please visit Azure Batch Documentation Page.

August 2018

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