This week we released a major set of updates to Microsoft Azure. This week’s updates include:
- SQL Databases: General Availability of Azure SQL Database Service Tiers
- API Management: General Availability of our API Management Service
- Media Services: Live Streaming, Content Protection, Faster and Cost Effective Encoding, and Media Indexer
- Web Sites: Virtual Network integration, new scalable CMS with WordPress and updates to Web Site Backup in the Preview Portal
- Role-based Access Control: Preview release of role-based access control for Azure Management operations
- Alerting: General Availability of Azure Alerting and new alerts on events
All of these improvements are now available to use immediately (note that some features are still in preview). Below are more details about them:
SQL Databases: General Availability of Azure SQL Database Service Tiers
I’m happy to announce the General Availability of our new Azure SQL Database service tiers - Basic, Standard, and Premium. The SQL Database service within Azure provides a compelling database-as-a-service offering that enables you to quickly innovate & stand up and run SQL databases without having to manage or operate VMs or infrastructure.
Today’s SQL Database Service Tiers all come with a 99.99% SLA, and databases can now grow up to 500GB in size.
Each SQL Database tier now guarantees a consistent performance level that you can depend on within your applications – avoiding the need to worry about “noisy neighbors” who might impact your performance from time to time.
Built-in point-in-time restore support now provides you with the ability to automatically re-create databases at a certain point of time (giving you much more backup flexibility and allowing you to restore to exactly the point before you accidentally did something bad to your data).
Built-in auditing support enables you to gain insight into events and changes that occur with the databases you host.
Built-in active geo-replication support, available with the premium tier, enables you to create up to 4 readable, secondary, databases in any Azure region. When active geo-replication is enabled, we will ensure that all transactions committed to the database in your primary region are continuously replicated to the databases in the other regions as well:
One of the primary benefits of active geo-replication is that it provides application control over disaster recovery at a database level. Having cross-region redundancy enables your applications to recover in the event of a disaster (e.g. a natural disaster, etc). The new active geo-replication support enables you to initiate/control any failovers – allowing you to shift the primary database to any of your secondary regions:
This provides a robust business continuity offering, and enables you to run mission critical solutions in the cloud with confidence.