Introducing maintenance control for platform updates
On December 10th, we announced the preview of a maintenance control feature for Azure Virtual Machines that gives more control to customers with highly sensitive workloads for platform maintenance. Using this feature, customers can control all impactful host updates, including rebootless updates, for up to 35 days.
Announcing the preview of Azure Spot Virtual Machines
Azure Spot Virtual Machines provide access to unused Azure compute capacity at deep discounts. Spot pricing is available on single Virtual Machines in addition to Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS). This enables you to deploy a broader variety of workloads on Azure while enjoying access to discounted pricing. Spot Virtual Machines offer the same characteristics as a pay-as-you-go Virtual Machines, with differences in pricing and evictions. Spot Virtual Machines can be evicted anytime if Azure needs capacity.
Faster and cheaper: SQL on Azure continues to outshine AWS
Modernizing your databases provides the opportunity to transform your data architecture. SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines allows you to maintain control over your database and operating system while still benefiting from cloud flexibility and scale. For some, this represents a step in the journey to a fully-managed database, while others choose this deployment option for compatibility with on-premises workloads such as SQL Server Reporting Services.
Introducing Azure Cost Management for partners
Announcing general availability of Azure Cost Management for all cloud solution partners (CSPs) who have onboarded their customers to the new Microsoft Customer agreement. With this update, partners and their customers can take advantage of Azure Cost Management tools available to manage cloud spend, similar to the cost management capabilities available for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) and enterprise customers today.