No new SQL Server CUs till the end of 2020

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SQL server team announced today that they will not be releasing any new cumulative update for SQL server products (SQL Server 2019, 2017, and 2016SP2) until the end of this year.

As written in this blog post, it’s been a tough year and is now a good time, around the holidays, for people to spend time with their families.

I personally find this move very kind and supportive and I wish for more companies to follow this paradigm.

So cheers to Microsoft, once again, and happy -early- Christmas holidays to everyone.

Premium tier for Azure Data Lake Storage goes GA

Reading Time: < 1 minute Premium tier for Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) complements the existing hot, cool, and archive tiers for ADLS. You can now take advantage of the lower storage latencies offered by this new performance tier and additionally get cost savings for workloads that are transaction heavy.

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Azure Shared Disks goes GA! SLA updates for single VMs and more!

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Azure Shared Disks is quite huge! It’s been a service that has been long-awaited and it will simplify cluster and other infrastructure movements from on-prem to Azure. This feature allows a single Premium or Ultra Disk to be attached at more than 1 (one) VM at the same time! It will also make things easier on native Azure environments for deployments that need clustered databases i.e. SQL FCI, parallel file systems, containers, machine learning, etc.

It is available for both Windows and Linux systems.

Get more on the Azure Disk documentation or visit the Azure Disk FAQ.

Microsoft improved availability guarantees with single VM SLA for Standard SSD and Standard HDD

To strengthen the availability guarantee of Azure IaaS VMs, Microsoft is extending the single-instance VM SLA to all disk types including Standard SSD and Standard HDD. Previously, 99.9 percent SLA was offered for single-instance VMs using Premium SSD and Ultra Disks.

Now the offer goes to SLA of 99.5 percent for single-instance VMs using Standard SSD and an SLA of 95 percent for single-instance VMs using Standard HDD, improving Microsoft’s availability guarantee to cover all single-instance VMs. With this SLA update, Azure provides an industry-leading availability guarantee for VMs leveraging SSD disk options in production.

Learn more on this announcement here.