Azure SQL Database Updates Available Now

Microsoft announced general availability for the latest update to Azure SQL Database, new SQL Database security features, more automation for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines and SQL Server on G-Series VMs.
 
The new update to Azure SQL Database includes SQL Server engine compatibility, greater support for larger databases and expanded Premium performance and is generally available in Europe. General availability will continue across United States regions on February 9, 2015 with rollout to most datacenters worldwide by March 1, 2015. General availability pricing will take effect for databases on V12 servers worldwide on April 1, 2015.
 
New security features such as Row-Level Security, Dynamic Data Masking, and Transparent Data Encryption are introduced for Azure SQL Database. Dynamic Data Masking is the next feature and will be included soon. Transparent Data Encryption is coming to SQL Database V12 databases for encryption at rest is also announced.
 
New auto HA setup capabilities provides listener configuration and provisions AlwaysOn VM cluster to meet HA and DR requirements. Backups are made easier from an Azure VM to Azure Storage. SQL Server patches delivered through Windows Update also gets better with new auto patching capability.
 
 
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