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Save more on Azure usage—Announcing reservations for six more services

With reserved capacity, you get significant discounts over your on-demand costs by committing to long-term usage of a service. We are pleased to share reserved capacity offerings for the following additional services. With the addition of these services, we now ... continue reading

Gain on OLTP price-performance with Azure SQL Virtual Machines

This post was co-authored by Jamie Reding, Senior Program Manager, Sadashivan Krishnamurthy, Principal Architect, and Bob Ward, Principal Architect. Today, most applications are running online transactional processing (OLTP) transactions. Online banking, purchasing a book online, booking an airline ticket, sending ... continue reading
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Controlling write-through behaviors in SMB

Heya folks, Ned here again. In my continuing series on offbeat SMB settings, today I’m going to explain how to control SMB write-through and data consistency in Windows 10 and Windows Server. Background Network protocols like SMB or NFS are ... continue reading
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PyTorch on Azure: Full support for PyTorch 1.2

Congratulations to the PyTorch community on the release of PyTorch 1.2! Last fall, as part of our dedication to open source AI, we made PyTorch one of the primary, fully supported training frameworks on Azure. PyTorch is supported across many ... continue reading
Azure SQL Managed Instance Business Critical tier is Generally Available

Azure SQL Managed Instance Business Critical tier is Generally Available

First published on MSDN on Dec 04, 2018 We are happy to announce General availability of Business Critical tier in Azure SQL Managed Instance - architectural model built for high-performance and IO demanding databases. After 5 months of public preview ... continue reading

Azure SQL Database – the database engine that cannot die

First published on MSDN on Apr 25, 2018 Azure SQL Database is highly available database Platform as a Service that guarantees that your database will be up and running 99.99% of time, without worrying about maintenance and downtimes. This is ... continue reading
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Azure. Source–Volume 89

Dear Azure fans, Azure.Source is going on hiatus. Thank you for reading each week and be sure to follow @Azure for updates and new ways to learn more. Now available Announcing the general availability of Azure premium files We are ... continue reading
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Azure HC-series Virtual Machines crosses 20,000 cores for HPC workloads

New HPC-targeted cloud virtual machines Azure HC-series Virtual Machines are now generally available in the West US 2 and East US regions. HC-series virtual machines (VMs) are optimized for the most at-scale, computationally intensive HPC applications. For this class of ... continue reading

Key causes of performance differences between SQL managed instance and SQL Server

Migrating to a Microsoft Azure SQL Database managed instance provides a host of operational and financial benefits you can only get from a fully managed and intelligent cloud database service. Some of these benefits come from features that optimize or ... continue reading
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HB-series Azure Virtual Machines achieve cloud supercomputing milestone

New HPC-targeted cloud virtual machines are first to scale to 10,000 cores Azure Virtual Machine HB-series are the first on the public cloud to scale a MPI-based high performance computing (HPC) job to 10,000 cores. This level of scaling has ... continue reading