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10/11/2018 Virtual Machines Preview Features We are releasing the public preview of the DC-series of virtual machines and open sourcing the Open Enclave SDK. Link Link Details
10/4/2018 Virtual Machines Preview Features We are delighted to share the limited preview of Ephemeral OS Disk, a new type of OS disk created directly on the host node, providing local disk performance and faster boot/reset time. Ephemeral OS Disk is supported for all virtual machines (VM) and virtual machine scale sets (VMSS). This offering is based on your feedback to provide a lower cost, higher performant OS disk for stateless applications, which enable them to quickly deploy the VMs and reset them to its original state. Link Link Details
9/26/2018 Virtual Machines Preview Feature Azure Virtual Machine (VM) Image Builder, now available in private preview, allows you to migrate your image building pipeline to Azure. Submit a template describing your VM source image and customizations, indicate where to distribute a bootable image, and then start building your VM images. Link Link Details
9/25/2018 Virtual Machines New Feature We’re constantly improving the Managed Disks platform and working to bring new features to market based on customer feedback including: Managed Disks migration in the Azure Portal OS Disk Swap for Managed Virtual Machines Another feature we're excited to announce today is the availability of moving Managed Disks and VMs across resource groups and subscriptions with a single click. This also enables you to move Managed Images and Snapshots. Link Link Details
9/25/2018 Virtual Machines Preview Feature Today, we are excited to announce the public preview of Shared Image Gallery. Shared Image Gallery provides an Azure-based solution to make the custom management of virtual machine (VM) images easier in Azure. Shared Image Gallery provides a simple way to share your applications with others in your organization, within or across regions, enabling you to expedite regional expansion or DevOps processes, simplify your cross-region HA/DR setup and more. Shared Image Gallery also enables you to quickly deploy thousands of VMs concurrently from a custom image. Link Link Details
9/17/2018 Virtual Machines General Availability The Azure virtual machine serial console is now generally available in all public regions. New features include magic SysRq keys, non-maskable interrupts, and subscription-wide enable/disable. Link Link Details
9/5/2018 Virtual Machines Preview Feature The new Avere vFXT for Azure solves the problem of running these enterprise HPC applications in the cloud while leveraging data stored on-premises or in Azure Blob. The Avere vFXT facilitates Edge computing as a virtual high-performance file caching appliance that runs in Azure Compute. With Avere, these critical workloads can access thousands of cores on-demand, increasing business agility by processing smarter and faster without adding extra cost. Link Link Details
8/21/2018 Virtual Machines General Availability Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) in an Azure Linux Virtual Machine (VM) that offers a fast user space packet processing framework for performance intensive applications that bypass the VM’s kernel network stack, is now generally available in all Azure regions! Link Link Details
8/3/2018 Virtual Machines New Feature We are excited to announce instance size flexibility for Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances, a new feature that makes your reserved instance purchasing and management even simpler by applying reservation discounts to different virtual machine (VM) sizes within the same VM group. With instance size flexibility, you don’t have to deploy the exact same VM size to get the benefit of your purchased Azure Reserved Instances (RI) as other VM sizes within the same VM group also get the RI discount. Link Link Details
7/26/2018 Virtual Machines Pricing Update The previously announced Dv2-series promotion will expire on September 1, 2018. At that time, we'll reinstate the standard pricing associated with the use of Dv2-series virtual machines. The price adjustment will be automatic, and it will become effective across all regions except for West Central US. Link Link Details

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