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Azure Stack TP3 Intro ‘Pay-as-you-Use’ Pricing Model and More in Azure

Azure Stack on way to general availability this year, now providing several new features, including Technical Preview 3 (TP3) software, pay-as-you-use pricing model. “TP3 is the final planned major Technical Preview before Azure Stack integrated systems will be available for order in mid-CY17,” writes the team.

A roadmap update explaining what to expect leading up to general availability in mid-2017. Shortly after TP3, “Azure Functions will be available followed by Blockchain, Cloud Foundry, and Mesos templates,” the team says.

Technical Preview 3 (TP3) includes new features that enable: more modern application capabilities; running in locations without connections to Azure; along with infrastructure and security enhancements.

General availability of Geospatial Functions in Azure Stream Analytics announced today, enable real-time analytics on streaming geospatial data.

The new capabilities will provide native functions to compute geospatial operations such as identification of geospatial data as points, lines, and polygons, computation of overlap between polygons, intersections between paths, etc. The new functions include:

  • CreatePoint – Identifies a GeoJSON point.
  • CreateLineString – Identifies a GeoJSON line string.
  • CreatePolygon – Identifies a GeoJSON polygon.
  • ST_DISTANCE – Determines the distance between two points in meters.
  • ST_OVERLAPS – Determines if one polygon overlaps with another.
  • ST_INTERSECTS – Determines if two line strings intersect.
  • ST_WITHIN – Determines if one polygon is contained inside another.

Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner Public Preview, helps enterprise customers to understand on-premises networking requirements, Microsoft Azure compute and storage requirements for successful ASR replication, and test failover or applications failover.

In the current public preview, the tool is only available for VMware to Azure scenario. “Deployment Planner can be run without having to install any ASR components in on-premises environment.”

The tool doesn’t impact performance of the production servers, as no direct connection is made to them. All performance data is collected from the VMware vCenter Server/VMware vSphere ESXi Server which hosts the production virtual machines.

In other hybrid cloud news, Microsoft today made available Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance, providing you “critical and important security updates and bulletins for additional six years after the end of Extended Support,” says Microsoft. “This means you can get up to 16 years of total support, an extension from the usual five years each of Mainstream and Extended support.”

Some of the key benefits include:

  • Sustain critical and legacy applications for six additional years
  • Stay compliant with regulatory requirements
  • Maintain security on systems that may not be ready to update
  • Premium Assurance is available for both Windows Server and SQL Server, which helps you sustain key scenarios that might require older versions of Windows Server and SQL Server.

Public Preview for SQL Server vNext Management Pack CTP2 released today brings following new features as shown in the table below.

Microsoft System Center Management Pack (Community Technical Preview 2) for SQL Server vNext, can be downloaded over here.

SQL Server vNext Management Pack (CTP2) Features Table

Now available! SQL Server Premium Assurance provides six more years of product support

  • SQL Server Premium Assurance now generally available, enables flexibility to keep systems running without disruption while modernizing on your own schedule.
  • When you purchase Premium Assurance, you receive “critical” and “important” security updates and bulletins during the six years after the End of Extended Support. This means you can get up to 16 years of total support beginning with SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 versions.

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