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Important Notice

March 2018

  • March 20 Before March 31, 2018, please update Azure Site Recovery, which uses Access Control authentication

    Azure Site Recovery helps to coordinate replication and protects running workloads. Access Control authentication services used by older versions of the Site Recovery Provider (also known as DRA) and Recovery Service (also known as MARS) agents are about to be retired. To avoid interruptions, please update these older versions before March 31, 2018.

    Earlier versions of DRA agents (before 5.1.2700) and MARS agents (before 2.0.9096) rely on access control service capabilities for authentication, but this service plan will be completely retired in April 2018. Newer versions of DRA agents (5.1.2700 or later) and MARS agents (2.0.9096 or later) use the latest Azure Active Directory authentication mechanism, which includes role-based control and finer access capabilities. Users who are still using DRA versions before 5.1.2700 and/or MARS agents before 2.0.9096 and replicating servers to one or more recovery service vaults are requested to update your old version to continue using the Site Recovery Service and its upcoming features. If you have already performed these updates, no additional action is required. The new version relies on Azure Active Directory instead of Access Control.

    We recommend that you update DRA instances to version 5.1.2700 or later and MARS agents to version 2.0.9096 or later before March 31, 2018. Please complete all updates by this date to prevent the failure of replication and failover configurations in Azure Site Recovery.

    You can perform updates on the Azure portal:

    1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
    2. Open the Recovery Services Vault menu item.
    3. Select the banner that prompts this update to see the remaining steps.
    4. Follow these steps to update the Site Recovery Provider and MARS agent to the latest version on the server.
    5. To complete this process and update the authentication service, please select Update Authentication Service on the Registered Servers page in the portal.

    For more information, please read these detailed steps.

    If you have any questions, you can get support via the following options:

January 2018

  • January 06Protecting Azure’s Clients from the Threat of CPU Security Vulnerabilities

    An update to repair a CPU hardware-based security vulnerability of extensive impact that has been completely deployed in all regions across China. The Azure infrastructure has been updated on the virtualization engine level this time. We advise you to continue to use best security practices when it comes to Virtual Machine imaging. Maintaining the security of our users is always our primary mission. Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation during this update!

    For more information, please visit Azure’s blog articles.

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May 2018

  • May 4 Azure SQL Database releases new purchasing model (preview)

    We are very happy to announce that a new purchasing model has been released for Azure SQL Database elastic pools and single databases - a vCore-based purchasing model (preview). The new model is different from the existing DTU-based model and is designed to give you flexibility, control, transparency, and an easier way to compare to on-premises workloads. It allows you to scale compute, storage, and IO independently based upon your workload needs. The vCore model is also eligible for savings of up to 30% with the Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server.

    For more information on pricing, please visit the SQL Database Pricing Details page. To learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit, please visit the Azure Hybrid Benefit page. For more information on this service and how these features are deployed, please visit the SQL Database Service Features page and the SQL Database Documentation page.

  • May 3 Preview version of Azure SQL Database long-term retention released

    With the long-term retention feature, SQL Database backups can be stored in Azure Recovery Services vaults for up to 10 years. Each vault can store up to 1,000 databases. You can then select any backup in your vault and restore it as a new database. You can use long-term backup retention to associate SQL Database servers with Azure Recovery Services vaults.

    • You must create a vault within the same geographical region and resource group in the Azure subscription that the SQL Server was created with.
    • Configure retention policies for any database. When you use these policies, weekly full database backups will be copied to the Recovery Services vault, and this data will be preserved for the specified retention period (up to 10 years).
    • A database can be restored from any of these backups to a new database on any server within the subscription. Azure Storage creates a replica from an existing backup, this replica will not affect the performance of the existing database.

    For details on pricing, please visit the SQL Database Pricing Details page. For more information on this service and how these features are deployed, please visit the SQL Database Service Features page and the SQL Database Documentation page.

  • May 2 Azure Service Bus to be billed by the hour

    Azure Service Bus can connect your customers' existing on-premises systems to cloud solutions, distribute messages to multiple independent back-end systems, and simplify enterprise integration with reliable cloud messaging.

    From May 2, 2018, Service Bus standard units will be billed by the hour, replacing the current daily and hourly billing to be more consistent with other Azure services. Customers will only be required to pay for the hours spent using Service Bus, instead of for an entire day or month. All Service Bus customers will be migrated to the new resource GUID. This change will have no effect on pricing.

    To learn more about this service and its pricing, please visit the Service Bus Service Features page and the Service Bus Pricing Details page.

  • May 2 Azure API Management officially released

    We are pleased to announce that Azure API Management has now been officially released in China. Azure API Management is a suite of full life-cycle solutions released to both internal and external customers. Customers can use API Management to rapidly create a consistent, modern API gateway for existing back-end services hosted in any location, helping them to prevent abuse and overuse, and get insights into usage and health.

    The major application scenarios for using Azure API Management include:

    • Using APIs internally and externally to help enterprises implement digital transformation, and increase efficiency and agility.
    • Opening up core business services or data to business partners and the public to increase market share.
    • Safely opening up key system functions for mobile and web applications, supporting new user experiences, and attracting more customers.

    APIs are no longer technology assets but drivers of new business models, digital strategies, and ecosystems. To learn more about this service and its pricing, visit the API Management Service Features page and the API Management Pricing Details page.

April 2018

  • April 27 Notice on price reductions for Standard version of Azure IoT Hub

    There are four editions of Azure IoT Hub: Free, S1, S2, and S3.

    Free Edition: free trial of Azure IoT Hub services. Upon sign up, you can transmit up to 8,000 messages per day. It is suitable for understanding and testing features of IoT Hub Services.

    S1 Edition: the IoT Hub S1 edition is designed for IoT solutions that generate relatively small amounts of data. Each pricing unit of the S1 Edition allows you to transfer up to 400,000 million messages per day across all connected devices.

    S2 Edition: the IoT Hub S2 Edition is designed for IoT solutions that generate relatively large amounts of data. Each pricing unit of the S2 Edition allows you to transfer up to 6 million messages per day across all connected devices.

    S3 Edition: The IoT Hub S3 Edition is designed for IoT solutions that generate extra large amounts of data. Each S3 Edition pricing unit allows you to transfer up to 300 million messages per day across all connected devices.

    We have now reduced the prices of the S1, S2, and S3 Editions by as much as 35%. For more information about these services and their pricing, please visit the IoT Hub Service Features page and the IoT Hub Pricing Details page.

  • April 4 Azure Monitor officially released

    We are very happy to announce that Azure Monitor has now been officially released in China.

    With Azure Monitor, you can use the monitoring metrics and logs within the portal to learn about the status and performance of your resources through the API in near real time. You can use Azure Monitor to configure alert rules to get notifications or automate issues that affect your resources. In addition to enabling multiple product integrations through APIs and data export options, it also enables analysis, troubleshooting, and a unified dashboard experience within the portal. With Azure Monitor, you can:

    • View and manage all of your monitoring data easily
    • Set up alerts and take automated actions
    • Diagnose operational issues quickly
    • Integrate with your existing tools

    For details on pricing, please visit the Azure Monitor Pricing Details page. For more information about this service and how to deploy it, please visit the Azure Monitor Features page and the Azure Monitor Documentation page. For more information on this release, please refer to the blog Azure Monitor Officially Released in China.

  • April 3 Official commercial launch of Azure Stack

    Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Smart Cloud Azure for local data centers. It brings the flexibility and fast-paced technical innovation of Azure Cloud Computing to a customer's on-premises environment, advancing the digital transformation of corporate business while meeting the diverse needs of hybrid cloud deployment. In China, Azure Stack will help customers build hybrid cloud solutions based on Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet. Chinese users can now purchase and deploy hardware integration systems equipped with Azure Stack hybrid cloud solutions through integrated system partners Lenovo, Huawei, and Dell EMC. For more information, please visit the Azure Stack page and the Azure Stack Technical Documentation page.

  • April 02 Official release of Cloud Connection Service preview version

    Customers can use the physical line and network support provided by Cloud Connection Service to easily connect to local data centers and Azure data centers, and deploy flexible, reliable, and secure hybrid cloud scenarios to meet different business needs, including business continuity, disaster recovery, and key business support. For more information about this service and its pricing, please visit the Cloud Connection Service Features page and the Cloud Connection Service Pricing Details page. For more details, please refer to the Cloud Connection Service Introduction documentation page.

  • April 01Price Reduction Notice for HDInsight Linux Cluster

    Azure HDInsight provides analysis services for business with comprehensive, fully-managed, open-source features. HDInsight is a cloud service that allows you to process large amounts of data quickly, easily, affordably and efficiently. HDInsight also supports a wide range of solutions, including extract, transform and load (ETL), as well as data warehouse operations, machine learning and IoT. We have reduced the price of D-Series HDInsight Linux Clusters, with reductions of up to 45% for D-Series and Dv2-Series multiple instances. To find out more about these services and pricing, visit the HDInsight Service Features page and the HDInsight Pricing Details page.

March 2018

  • March 28 Official release of Azure Service Health

    We are very happy to announce that Azure Service Health (ASH) has been officially released in China. This is a personalized dashboard that provides guidance and support when issues are encountered during Azure services. In contrast to service dashboards that provide basic status information, ASH can provide tailored information for your resources. It can also help you to make planned maintenance preparations and other changes to prevent the availability of your resources from being affected. In the personalized ASH dashboard, you can see:

    • Service issues – existing issues affecting resources in Azure services.
    • Maintenance plans – Maintenance activities that will affect resources in Azure soon.
    • Health advisories – Reports and operational recommendations for downtime, stopping Azure functions, and excess quota.
    • Health history – Various historical issues that have affected the operation of resources. This includes post mortems after the issues are resolved.
    • Health alerts – Proactive notifications on Service Health.

    For more information, please see the Azure Service Health page and the Technical Documentation page.

  • March 23 The Azure Emotion API is being incorporated into the Azure Face API and will be retired on February 15, 2019

    For users participating in the Azure Cognitive Services Emotion API preview program, the Azure Emotion API has now been incorporated into the Azure Face API. The Face API has been officially released and has integrated the emotion detection function in the Emotion API (preview version). The Face API can compare faces in pictures, identify previously tagged people, and group photos of the same person. As of February 15, 2019, the Emotion API (preview version) will be retired.

    Recommended Action

    You need to modify any existing code that references the Emotion API. The Face API and Emotion API use a similar REST interface. To access the emotion recognition function in the Face API, please use the face-detect action and set the Face API's "returnFaceAttributes" parameter to "returnFaceAttributes=emotion." For more details, please refer to the Emotion API documentation.

    According to your service tier, please migrate to the Face API before the date listed below:

    • If you use the Free, Basic, or Standard version of the Emotion API (preview version) through your existing (previously created) Azure key, please migrate to the Face API before February 15, 2019.
    • If you are about to use a brand new key, please use the Face API.

    Click here to learn more about the various features of the Face API, or start a free trial now.

    If you have any questions, you can get technical support via the following options:

  • March 01 Azure Cognitive Services Face API Price Reduction Notice

    Starting March 1, 2018, price Cut on Azure Cognitive Services Face Recognition API. Up to 50% off. It integrates several improvements, including millions of identifications, to better help clients to realize their vision. For more information about this service and its pricing, please visit the Cognitive Services Features page and the Cognitive Services Detailed Pricing page.

  • March 01 Official release of Azure API Management Public Preview Version

    We released the public preview version of Azure API Management on March 01, 2018. Azure API Management is a suite of full life-cycle solutions released to both external and internal clients. Clients will use API Management to rapidly create a consistent, modern API gateway for existing back-end services hosted in any location, helping clients prevent abuse and overuse, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of usage and operations.

    The major application scenarios of Azure API Management include:

    • A digital conversion is realized through external and internal usage of API with both efficiency and flexibility;
    • Increase market share through provision of existing services and data to partners and the public;
    • Attract clients by displaying key systems to the secure application of mobile and web applications, as well as by authentication, ratio limit and quota protection.

    In response to client feedback, we will introduce three important updates to API Management starting March 01, 2018:

    • Replace the daily charge with an hourly charge to make API Management more accessible and more cost-effective. All existing users will automatically start on the hourly charge model beginning March 01, 2018;
    • Introduce a basic pricing layer in addition to development, standard and Premium pricing layers;
    • The original standard pricing layer will include Azure AD (Azure Active Directory).

    For details on pricing, please visit the Detailed Pricing of API Management web page. For more information on this service and how this service is deployed, please visit the API Management’s Service Functions and API Management Documentation web pages. For more information about this release, please refer to posts on the Release of Azure API Management Preview Version Blog.

February 2018

  • February 01 Official release of new Azure SQL Server mirroring

    SQL Server 2017 is the first release of SQL Server available on Linux (excluding Windows). You can now run SQL Server on the Azure Virtual Machines of available releases of Ubuntu Linux in your region. This mirroring applies to stand-alone instances, including all versions available to SQL Server: Developer Edition, Express Edition, Web Edition, Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition.

    Please refer to Linux-based SQL Server VM or Windows-based SQL Server VM to get started quickly. Please implement the following operations to configure a SQL Server Virtual Machine applicable to your scenario:

    • Select a platform — Windows Server or Linux;
    • Select an edition, including the Developer Edition applicable to development and testing scenarios and Express Edition applicable to lightweight workloads;
    • Select the Virtual Machine size which is pre-loaded with any edition of SQL Server.

    To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit the Virtual Machine Functions and Virtual Machines Pricing Details web pages.

  • February 01Price Reduction Notice for HDInsight Linux Cluster

    Azure HDInsight offers Apache Hadoop, Spark, HBase and Storm clusters which are fully administered and supported. HDInsight provides you with the following features:

    • Create optimized clusters;
    • Process and analyze big data;
    • Workloads scaling upward and downward in an economical and efficient manner through separation of computation and storage.

    We have made price reductions to various ranges of HDInsight Linux clusters, such as A1, A2, A3, D14 and so on. For more information of this service and its pricing, please visit the HDInsight Service Features page and the HDInsight Detailed Pricing page.

  • February 01Azure API Management Public Preview Version Will Be Released Soon

    We will release the public preview version of Azure API Management on March 01, 2018. Azure API Management is a suite of full life-cycle solutions released to both external and internal clients. The clients will use API Management to rapidly create a consistent, modern API gateway for existing back-end services hosted in any location, helping clients prevent abuse and overuse, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of usage and operations.

    The major application scenarios of Azure API Management include:

    • A digital conversion is realized through external and internal usage of API with both efficiency and flexibility;
    • Increase market share through provision of existing services and data to partners and the public;
    • Attract clients by displaying key systems to the secure application of mobile and web applications, as well as by authentication, ratio limit and quota protection.

January 2018

  • January 31Azure Network Watcher Officially Released

    Monitoring and diagnosis of your cloud Azure network can be simplified by the application of Azure network monitoring programs (Network Watcher). By using the diagnostics and visualization tools in the Network Watcher, you can:

    • Capture remote data packets in the Virtual Machines;
    • Use a traffic log to learn about network traffic;
    • Carry out diagnosis on the Azure VPN gateway and connection.

    This service is comprised of data packet capture, connection troubleshooting, next hop address, IP stream verification, security group view and network security group (NSG) traffic log.

    For details on pricing, please visit the Detailed Pricing of the Network Watcher web page. For more information on this service and how this service is deployed, please visit the Network Watcher Service Functions and Network Watcher Documents web pages.

  • January 15Notice about R Server Virtual Machines Being Renamed as the Machine Learning Server

    R Server is an enterprise-level server to host and manage the parallel and distributed work load of the R process in servers (Linux and Windows) and clusters (Hadoop and Apache Spark). It provides solutions structured by using R software with execution engines, expands open-source R, supports high-performance analysis, statistical analysis, machine learning scenarios, and large-scale data sets.

    This renaming is reflected in the fact that Python is a new Premium analysis language. R Server virtual machines in the existing Azure can be used continuously within a limited period of time. If you obtained your R Server virtual machine through the Azure website, you can continue to visit existing R Server products. As it is only a name change at this time, using the existing application developed for the R Server in the Machine Learning Server will cause no problems. In addition, you will benefit from the Python language.

  • January 08Notice of Discontinuation of the Azure Classic portal

    We have added more functions on a continual basis to Azure portal ever since its launch. We are also gradually carrying out a service transition from Azure Classic portal to this portal. Azure portal is currently the core of all Azure services, providing a broad range of management experiences and functions, including the instrument panel for fixed resources, intelligent search to search for resources, Cloud Shell and Azure Resource Manager to achieve automation as well as a labelling function for resource management.

    We will shut down Azure Classic portal on January 08, 2018 to provide users of Azure portal with single and simplified experience. The existing users of Azure Classic portal do not need to perform any operations. We will provide you with all services and resources in the Azure portal.

December 2017

  • December 31End of MP1 and MP2 Example Sales Promotion for the MySQL Database on Azure Service

    The 50% off MP1 and MP2 example promotion from MySQL Database on Azure service will come to an end immediately. Starting on January 01, 2018, the price of MP1 will go back to RMB7.64/hour (RMB5,684.16/month), while the price of MP2 will return to RMB12.02/hour (RMB8,942.88/month). For detailed information on pricing, please visit the Detailed Pricing of MySQL Database on Azure web page.

  • December 19Azure Media Services’ “Real-time Channel Using Real-time Coding” Price Cut!

    Azure Media Services’ real-time channel provides audiences with a streaming content transmission using 2 types of nearly real-time methods: an unencoded real-time channel and a real-time channel using real-time coding. All real-time channel types will charge users based on the running-state time of channels instead of charging on data transferred and processed. With the help of this service, you can quickly deploy a real-time coding channel within a few seconds. All mainstream formats (HLS, MPEG - DASH and Smooth Streaming) and top DRM content protection systems (PlayReady, Widevine and Apple Fairplay) are supported. The price of a standard real-time coding channel is now up to 38% off, valid for settlement cycles starting on and after December 19, 2017.

    To learn more about this service and pricing, please visit the Media Services Functions and Detailed Price of Media Services web pages.

  • December 18Azure IoT Suite Upgraded Remote Monitoring Solution Officially Released

    We are very pleased to announce today that the upgraded remote monitoring solution Azure IoT Suite has been officially released. This solution accelerator is offered in .NET and Java in an open-source format. It has a whole new interface. It is structured for scalability and size.

    The updated remote monitoring pre-configuration solution adopts the optimum functions in existing pre-configuration solutions, including a direct deployment into subscription function taking place within minutes, open-source availability and comprehensive functionality from equipment to business applications.

    For more details, please visit the Whole New Azure IoT Suite Blog, Internet of Things Solution Accelerator and Architecture of Remote Monitoring Pre-configuration Solutions web pages.

  • December 01The MySQL Database on Azure Services example sales promotion of MP1 and MP2 will come to an end soon. The non-public preview plan for Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL is going forward in an orderly manner

    The 50% off example promotion of MP1 and MP2 from MySQL Database on Azure service will come to an end on December 31, 2017. Starting January 01, 2018, the price of MP1 will go back to RMB7.64/hour (RMB5,684.16/month), while the price of MP2 will return to RMB12.02/hour (RMB8,942.88/month). For detailed information on pricing, please visit the Detailed Prices on MySQL Database on Azure web page.

    In addition, the Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL service which is on global public preview will soon embark into China. The new-generation Azure open-source relationship database service possesses the following new features:

    • High availability service guarantee for 99.99% single examples (SLA)
    • Obtain corresponding IOPS performance scalability by changing the size of memory
    • It adopts the same architecture and service model as Azure services operated abroad by Microsoft. Although it cannot be directly connected with Microsoft’s foreign Azure data center, it is more beneficial for the client’s execution of the seamless transition of 21Vianet’s Azure and Microsoft’s foreign Azure.
    • PostgreSQL database service support

    We sincerely invite MP1 and MP2 users to participate in the free non-public preview. The service team can create free examples in the non-public preview of Azure Database for MySQL for the existing MP users’ database examples. They can be configured as general read-write main base or readable backup subordinate base examples for existing MP examples. During the non-public preview, the use of transited or newly created examples in services will be free. For specific details, please contact your sales representative and product manager from the product services team.

November 2017

  • November 30New Azure Event Hubs Pricing Layer Officially Released

    We have provided Azure Event Hubs with a new pricing layer—dedicated event hubs. This pricing layer will introduce a fixed price based on an hourly rate. It is offered to all clients.

    Azure Event Hubs is an introductory service for super-large scale remote monitoring which can collect, convert and store millions of events. It is a fully hosted service, thus you can focus on capturing values from remote monitoring instead of data collection.

    Dedicated Event Hubs can provide single-tenant deployment for the most demanding clients. The major advantages of this service include:

    • Supports messages up to 1 MB
    • Guarantees that the capacity meets peak demand
    • Messages are kept 7 days without any extra charges
    • Single stream can support real-time pipeline and batch-based pipeline by using the Event Hubs capture function.

    These enhanced functions bring more value to price per capacity unit and enable you to pay for more flexible capacity use. For detailed information on pricing, please visit the Detailed Pricing of Event Hubs web page.

    If you have any questions, please click here to create online work orders, or call the 21Vianet technical support hotline at 400-089-0365 to receive Azure support.

  • November 24Azure Managed Disks P15 Now Officially Released

    Azure Managed Disks is used in Azure virtual machines to realize the recommended disk memory products through permanent data storage. Managed disks provides secure disk storage and simplified management as well as industry-leading durability and availability. The P15 disk is an Premium 256 GB managed disk, providing a speed of 1,100 input/output operations (IOPS)/disk/second and a throughput of 125 MB/second. For more information about this service and its pricing, please visit the Storage Service Function and Managed Disks Detailed Pricing web pages.

  • November 02Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) Price Cut!

    Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) offers a discount of up to 17%. It provides enterprises with a faster, smoother client experience, helps you structure applications with high scalability and high response speed while reducing investment cost. For detailed pricing information, please visit the CDN Services Detailed Pricing web page.

  • November 01Azure Analysis Services Officially Released

    Azure Analysis Services can convert complex data into operable insights. Azure Analysis Services is based on the verified analysis engines from Microsoft SQL Server 2016 analysis services. It can provide enterprise-level data modeling according to the size and advantages of the cloud. In addition, your team can capture more benefits from existing investments by using current technology, tools and data.

    You can use Azure Analysis Services to:

    • Simulate and structure any data of any size;
    • Quick start-up without any need for management infrastructure;
    • Provide a secure visit any time, anywhere;
    • View data by using your favorite data visualization tools;
    • Manage, deploy, test and deliver BI solutions with confidence.

    For detailed pricing information, please visit the Azure Analysis Services Pricing Details page. For more information on this service and how this service is deployed, please visit the Azure Analysis Services Features page and the Azure Analysis Services - Adventure Works Tutorial documentation page. For more information about this release, please refer to the Azure Analysis Services Official Release blog.

October 2017

September 2017

  • September 30Azure Storage Standard Managed Disks Promotion Ends

    Standard Managed Disks employs an HDD-based storage medium. It is most suitable for development/testing not sensitive to performance changes and other non-frequent access workloads.The total cost of the Standard Managed Disks storage depends on the size and quantity of disks, quantity of transactions and transition volume of outbound data. For IOPS and throughput, there is no difference between the various sizes of Standard Managed Disks. The offer is over effective immediately, and resumes its regular price on October 01, 2017. For more information on this service and its pricing, please visit the Storage Service Features page and the Managed Disks Pricing Details page.

  • September 08Data Science Virtual Machine image Formally Launched

    The Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) is an Azure Virtual Machine image customized for data science. It integrates many popular data sciences, preliminary installation tools and preliminary configuration tools that can quickly build smart applications for Premium analysis on both Windows Server and Linux servers. The design and configuration of DSVM applies to a broad range of usage scenarios. You can zoom in and out of the environment based on changes in project requirements and use your favorite languages to program for data sciences. You can also install other customary systems based on your specific requirements. For more details, please visit this blog.

  • September 07Azure Visual Studio 2017 Virtual Machine image Formally Launched

    VS 2017 makes the development of Azure applications a seamless integration experience. It includes all features required for Azure development and provides all features that allow the user to easily build, manage and deploy cloud applications on a large scale on the Azure platform. After launch of the Azure Virtual Machine image in China, the user now can easily build a development environment on Azure, and use the Visual Studio to build and test applications. For more details, please visit this blog.

  • September 07Azure Launches New Performance Level of SQL Database and Additional Storage Preview Version

    S4, S6, S7, S9 and S12 are five new standard performance levels recently launched. At present, they remain at the preview status, and are very suitable for the CPU-intensive workloads that don’t require IO performance (provided by the higher level).

    The new additional storage allows the user to purchase the additional storage without adding DTU or eDTU. Now, the user can purchase S3-S12, P1-P6 and PRS1-PRS6 databases with a size of up to 1 TB, a standard elastic pool with a size of up to 4 TB, and a small eDTU Premium pool with a size of up to 1 TB.

    For more information about new performance levels and additional storage, please visit the SQL Database Features page and the SQL Database Pricing Details page.

  • September 07Azure Media Redactor Formally Launched

    The Azure Media Redactor is a powerful cloud video processing service that can automatically detect and dim human faces in the video and is well suited for public security, news media and other scenarios. It is based on the AI technology developed by Microsoft and used to improve efficiency of manual video editing. For detailed price information, please visit the Media Services Detailed Pricing Information page. For more information about the service and how to deploy it, please visit the Using Azure Media Analytics for Facial Modifications documentation and the Using Azure Media Analytics for Facial Modification Exercises documentation.

August 2017

  • August 30Azure to End Standard Managed Disks Service Marketing Campaign Soon

    Standard Managed Disks employs an HDD-based storage medium. It is most suitable for development/testing not sensitive to performance changes and other non-frequent access workloads. The total cost of Standard Managed Disks storage depends on the size and quantity of disks, quantity of transactions and transition volume of outbound data. For IOPS and throughput, there is no difference between various sizes of Standard Managed Disks. The current price is a promotional price, and the offer will continue until September 30, 2017. Its regular price will be resumed on October 01, 2017. For more information on this service and its pricing, please visit the Storage Services Featurespage and the Managed Disks Pricing Details page.

  • August 30HDInsight Kafka Preview Version Launched

    Now, a user can save the trouble of signing up and directly deploy Kafka Cluster and Managed Disks through the Azure portal. The service will provide strong scalability and reduce the cost with the expansion of the workload. With the pre-built system on the Azure Resource Manager template, the user can take only a few minutes to deploy a manageable, safe streaming channel (Kafka, Storm or Spark Stream) integration experience. For pricing details, please visit the HDInsight Pricing Details page. To learn more information on the service and how to deploy it, please visit the HDInsight Features page and the Apache Kafka on HDInsight Introduction documentation page.

  • August 30New-generation Azure VPN Gateway Formally Launched

    We recently introduced three all-new VPN Gateways (VpnGw1, VpnGw2 and VpnGw3) for the Azure VPN Gateway service to considerably improve the bandwidth and the service level agreement (SLA).

    1. The Basic level will stay unchanged under the current architecture. Standard and High-performance levels will be replaced with VpnGw1, VpnGw2 and VpnGw3.
    2. VPN Gateways already deployed so far will not be automatically upgraded to the new level, but will maintain the current performance and pricing. Even so, we still suggest you migrate current gateways to a new level. Given no price change, the new gateways will enhance the performance by as much as 7 times. For pricing details, please visit the VPN Gateway Pricing Details page. To get more information on the service and how to deploy it, please visit the VPN Gateway Services page and VPN Gateway Documentation page.
  • August 18 Azure Storage Managed Disks Service Now Formally Launched

    Azure has formally launched the Managed Disks Service in the China region. Azure Managed Disks manages the Storage accounts associated with the Virtual Machine disk to simplify the disk management of Azure IaaS Virtual Machines. You only need to designate the type and size of the required disk, and Azure will create and manage the disk for you. You can use more than one Managed Disk for every Virtual Machine. The Managed Disks Service provides two persistent storage options: Premium Managed Disks and Standard Managed Disks.

    Disk Storage provides high-security persistent disk options to support Virtual Machines. Premium Disk Storage (SSD) is the most suitable for I/O-intensive applications, and low latency and high throughput are key features of the application. Now, in the China region, Azure has introduced two large-volume disks with the sizes of P40 (2 TB) and P50 (4 TB) for the Managed and Non-managed Premium Disks. Premium Disk has increased the maximum IPOS to 7,500 and the bandwidth to 250 MBps.

    As far as testing is concerned, Standard Disk Storage (HDD) helps you cut down on costs during rapid vertical scaling. In the China region, we also provide two new options, S40 (2 TB) and S50 (4 TB), for the Standard Managed Disk service. For the Standard Non-managed Disk, we can create a disk with a maximum size of 4.095 TB. Standard disks of all sizes will provide an IOPS as high as 500 and a bandwidth of 60 MBps.

    When you only have a small disk, such as the operating system disk of a Linux Virtual Machine, but need to obtain consistent disk performance, you can use these new disks of varying sizes to reduce costs. The P4 Premium Managed Disks provide an IOPS of up to 120 and a disk throughput of 25 MBps, while these figures for the P6 Premium Managed Disk are 240 and 50 MBps respectively.

    For more details, please visit Migrate Azure VM to Azure Managed Disks. To learn more about the services and pricing, please visit the Storage Disk Features page and the Hosting Disk Pricing page.

  • August 18Azure Disk Encryption Launched in China

    Today, we are announcing the release of Azure Disk Encryption for Windows and Linux IaaS Virtual Machines in the China region. This signifies that Azure has released Disk Encryption Services for all users of Windows and Linux IaaS Standard Virtual Machines (Standard A, D, DS, F and other series), and customers now can employ encryption technologies based on industrial standards to protect their static operating systems and data disks.

    The Azure Disk Encryption feature allows you to encrypt the disks of Windows and Linux IaaS Virtual Machines. Azure Disk Encryption technology employs the BitLocker feature of Windows as the industrial standard and Linux’s DM-Crypt feature to encrypt operating system and data disks and protect your data. Moreover, the technology also helps you deliver on your organization’s commitment to security and compliance. This solution, integrated with the Azure Key Vault, helps you protect, control and manage disk encryption keys for key vault subscriptions. At the same time, the solution ensures all data in the disks of Virtual Machines realize static encryption in your Azure Storage.

    For more details, please see the document Azure Disk Encryption Applicable to Windows and Linux IaaS VM page.

July 2017

  • July 19Your Current DocumentDB Resource Has Become Part of the Azure Cosmos DB Resources on the Azure portal.

    As announced at the Microsoft Build conference in 2017, Azure Cosmos DB is the first multimodal database service spreading across the entire world, and provides universal SLAs that can be used to forge global applications. You have possibly noticed that your current DocumentDB resource has become part of the Azure Cosmos DB resources on the Azure portal. Azure Cosmos DB provides the same SLA and pricing as those of DocumentDB, but offers more features and functions. Please note: As part of the recent evolution, the indicator and SKU names will be changed after August 01, 2017, and indicator GUID and pricing will remain unchanged. For more information on the recent evolution, please visit the Dear DocumentDB User, Welcome to Azure Cosmos DB! blog. For product information, please visit the Cosmos DB Features page. For pricing information, please visit Cosmos DB Pricing Details page.

  • July 11Azure Event Hubs has Formally Released the Capture Function

    Azure Event Hubs is a data stream intake service that features real time, high scalability and full management. It can take in millions of events per second and generate a data stream with multiple applications. This enables you to process and analyze mass data generated by connected appliances and applications.

    The Capture feature of Event Hubs (namely, the Event Hubs documentation in the earlier public preview version) has been formally released. This feature allows you to directly access data of the Event Hubs based on the time and size you define, and send these data to your destination, thereby specifically addressing your demand for long-term data saving and processing of downstream small batch data:

    • Enable simple settings;
    • Reduce the overall ownership cost;
    • Realize seamless integration with Azure Storage (which will soon add more data storage).
    • Realize quasi real-time batch analysis.

    For more information, please visit the Event Hubs Capture Formally Launched blog. For relevant product information, please visit the Event Hubs Features page. For relevant pricing information, please visit the Event Hubs Pricing Details page.

  • July 11Azure Relay Hybrid Connection in Azure Service Bus Formally Launched

    The Azure Relay hybrid connection in the Azure Service Bus has been formally launched. For pricing details, please visit the Service Bus Pricing Details page. With the hybrid connection, you can use HTTPS, WebSockets and other open standards to realize safe connection with resources behind the local firewall and other cloud-based services or resources. To learn details about the service, please visit the Service Bus Features page.

  • July 11Azure Traffic Manager’s Rapid Failover Formally Released

    When using Azure Traffic Manager, you can employ the Rapid Failover service to realize more features and optimize and customize failover behaviors. The Rapid Failover feature has now been formally released. You can choose to redirect users even faster to keep yourself away from abnormal terminals. Specifically now you can:

    1. Define a 10 s interval for the Traffic Manager to check the working status of the terminal (the interval is shorter than the present 30 s);
    2. Configure the continuous failure counter (which falls between 1 and 10) before the terminal is marked as abnormal;
    3. Configure the timeout interval for every detection attempt (if the detection interval is 10 s, the timeout interval will fall between 5 s and 9 s, and if the detection interval is 30 s, the timeout interval will fall between 5 s to 10 s);
    4. Set the time-to-live (TTL) response.

    When the aforementioned configurable settings are used together, Traffic Manager can divert traffic from a degraded terminal at a faster speed than the standard settings by 90%. You can use Azure portal, PowerShell, CLI, REST API, or SDK to set the Rapid Failover.

    For more pricing information, please visit the Traffic Manager Pricing Details page. To learn how to use the Rapid Failover feature, please visit the Traffic Manager Terminal Monitoring and Failover documentation.

  • July 07Azure DocumentDB Launches Corporate Preview Version of Minute Preliminary Configuration

    Now, you can employ the throughput configuration mode with a lower cost to supplement the seconds-based normal throughput (RU/s) in minute. For more pricing information, please visit the DocumentDB Pricing Details page.

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