System Center Management Packs for SQL Server; New Upcoming Azure Media Services Pricing Model

Public Preview for System Center Management Packs for SQL Server, New pricing model for encoding with Azure Media Services coming in January 2017 announced.

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Public Preview for System Center Management Packs for SQL Server family released today 11/23 include the following:

  • Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2/2012/2014/2016 (6.7.10.0)
  • Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server Replication 2008/2012/2014/2016 (6.7.10.0)
  • Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server Analysis Services 2008/2012/2014/2016 (6.7.10.0)
  • Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server Reporting Services 2008/2012/2014/2016 (6.7.10.0)
  • Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server Dashboards (6.7.10.0)

The SQL Server Engineering Team is asking customers to install and use this public preview and provide them feedback, you can download the Microsoft System Center Management Packs (Community Technical Preview 1) for SQL Server over HERE.

New pricing model for encoding with Azure Media Services coming in January 2017

  • Starting January 1, 2017, Microsoft will begin implementing a new pricing model for on-demand encoding of media with Azure Media Services.

    According to Microsoft the cost for the Standard Encoder and Premium Encoder, "will base on the usage of the total duration of media files produced as output by the encoder."

    Here is an example, that shows that your charges will be based on actual minutes of usage of MRUs:

    S1 Media Reserved Units: 2 units * 3.25 hours (10AM to 1:15PM) = 7.5 S1 hours

  • S3 Media Reserved Units: 4 units * 2.75 hours (1:15PM to 4PM) = 11 S3 hours

    Further, the rate for Media Reserved Units are lowering as well as change are being made to calculate usage on a per-minute basis, microsoft said.

    New Azure Media Services Price Calculation January 2017

    New Azure Media Services Price Calculation January 2017.