Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Azure Storage Service Encryption with customer managed keys integrated with Azure Key Vault for Azure Blob and File Storage. Azure customers already benefit from Storage Service Encryption for Azure Blob and File Storage using Microsoft managed keys.
Today we are announcing the general availability of Firewalls and Virtual Networks (VNets) for Azure Storage along with Virtual Network Service Endpoints. Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks uses Virtual Network Service Endpoints to allow administrators to create network rules that allow traffic only from selected VNets and subnets, creating a secure network boundary for their data. These features are now available in all Azure public cloud regions and Azure Government. As part of moving to general availability it is now backed by the standard SLAs. There is no additional billing for virtual network access through service endpoints. The current pricing model for Azure Storage applies as is today.
We are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS). ZRS greatly simplifies development of highly available applications by storing three replicas of your data in different Availability Zones, with inserts and updates to data being performed synchronously across these Availability Zones. This enables you to continue to read and write data even if the data in one of the Availability Zones is unavailable or unrecoverable. ZRS is built over Availability Zones in Azure which provide resilience against failures through fault-isolated groups of datacenters within a single region.
Whether you need the highest availability for mission-critical workloads, or cost-effective options for test scenarios, Azure Managed Disks provides durability, availability, and security for virtual machines. Azure Blob storage provides scalable, durable, and secure storage for unstructured data. Previously, consumption for Managed Disks and consumption for Blob storage were measured using the same pricing meters.
As of December 6, 2017, consumption for Managed Disks and consumption for Blob storage are measured using separate GUIDs. There aren't pricing or name changes when the GUIDs are separated for Managed Disks or Blob storage.
Today we’re excited to announce the general availability of Archive Blob Storage starting at an industry leading price of $0.002 per gigabyte per month! Last year, we launched Cool Blob Storage to help customers reduce storage costs by tiering their infrequently accessed data to the Cool tier. Organizations can now reduce their storage costs even further by storing their rarely accessed data in the Archive tier. Furthermore, we’re also excited to announce the general availability of Blob-Level Tiering, which enables customers to optimize storage costs by easily managing the lifecycle of their data across these tiers at the object level.
We are excited to announce the new and redesigned Azure Storage SDK for Go with documentation and examples available today. This new SDK was redesigned to follow the next generation design philosophy for Azure Storage SDKs and is built on top of code generated by AutoRest, an open source code generator for the OpenAPI specification.