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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
7/26/2018 Virtual Machines Region Update We are excited to announce the launch of Azure M-series Virtual Machines in the USGov Virginia region. Azure M-series VMs offer memory from 192 GB up to 4 TB on a single VM with configurations from 8 to 128 hyper-threaded vCPUs, powered by Intel® Xeon® 2.5 GHz E7-8890 v3 processors. Link Link Details
7/13/2018 Virtual Machines New Feature End of support is an ideal time to transform your IT estate with the cloud. But we know that it can be hard to upgrade everything before the end of support timeline. To address this need, we are pleased to announce that Extended Security Updates will be available for free in Azure for 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server to help secure your workloads for three more years after the end of support deadline. You can rehost these workloads to Azure with no application code change. This gives you more time to plan your future path, including upgrading to newer versions such as SQL Server 2017 or Windows Server 2016 and utilizing the rich set of platform and data services available in Azure. You can also move your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 deployments with no application code change and near zero downtime to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. It is a fully-managed database-as-a-service solution with industry leading SLAs and does not require future upgrades. Azure SQL Database Managed Instance will be generally available in early Q4 of this calendar year. You can use existing licenses and the Azure Hybrid Benefit to save when you migrate SQL Server and Windows Server environments to Azure Virtual Machines or to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. With this benefit, customers with Software Assurance save up to 55 percent on the cost of running SQL Server and Windows Server in Azure. Link Link Details
5/30/2018 Virtual Machines New Feature We are introducing a new family of virtual machines (DC-series) that are enabled with the latest generation of Intel Xeon Processors with Intel SGX technology. With this release, you are able to run SGX-enabled applications in the cloud to protect the confidentiality and integrity of your code and data. Link Link Details
5/9/2018 Virtual Machines Preview Feature To improve the security of Linux virtual machines (VMs) in Azure, you can integrate with Azure Active Directory (AD) authentication. When you use Azure AD authentication for Linux VMs, you centrally control and enforce policies that allow or deny access to the VMs. This article shows you how to create and configure a Linux VM to use Azure AD authentication. Windows VMs will be supported later in the year. Link Link Details
4/30/2018 Virtual Machines General Availability We are excited to announce the general availability of a new feature for Azure virtual machines (VMs) called Write Accelerator! Write Accelerator is a new disk capability that offers customers sub-millisecond writes for their disks. Write Accelerator is initially supported on M-Series VMs with Azure Managed Disks and Premium Storage. Write Accelerator is recommended for workloads that require highly performant updates, such as database transaction log writes. Write Accelerator is an exclusive functionality for Azure M-series virtual machines in recognition of the performance sensitive workload that is run with these types of high-end VMs. Link Link Details
4/19/2018 Virtual Machines New Feature We’re excited to announce that NV-Series virtual machines are now generally available in US Gov Virginia. NV-Series is designed to support visualization scenarios which enables customers to use NVIDIA® Tesla® M60 GPUs and NVIDIA® GRID in Azure for desktop accelerated applications and virtual desktops. With these powerful visualization GPUs in Azure Government, customers can visualize graphic-intensive workflows to get superior graphics capability and run single precision workloads such as encoding and rendering. Link Link Details
4/18/2018 Virtual Machines Region Update We are excited to announce the launch of Azure M-series Virtual Machines in the USGov Virginia region. Azure M-series VMs offer memory up to 4 TB on a single VM with configurations of 64 or 128 hyper-threaded vCPUs, powered by Intel® Xeon® 2.5 GHz E7-8890 v3 processors. We’re also excited to announce that Azure is the first hyperscale cloud provider to offer VMs with up to 4TB optimized for large in-memory database workloads in a sovereign cloud. Link Link Details
3/26/2018 Virtual Machines Preview Features Serial Console for Virtual Machines is available in all global regions starting today! You can access it by going to the Azure portal and visiting the Support + Troubleshooting section. Link Link Details

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