Azure Active Directory Domain Services to add new, higher-priced tier
Starting January 1, 2017, Azure Active Directory Domain Services will introduce a high-level tier for directories with 100,000–500,000 objects. Usage will show on your bill under “S3 Domain Services (Hours).” Currently, Azure Active Directory Domain Services has two tiers, one for directories with less than 25,000 objects, and the second for directories with 25,000–100,000 objects. For more information about pricing, please visit the Azure Active Directory Domain Services Pricing webpage. To learn more about this service, please visit the Azure Active Directory Domain Services webpage.
Azure Application Insights generally available
With Azure Application Insights (formerly Visual Studio Application Insights) generally available, Microsoft has replaced the public preview pricing options with two new options: Basic and Enterprise.
If you began using Application Insights during public preview, Microsoft will automatically convert you to Basic pricing on February 1, 2017. If you are using continuous export or Connector for OMS Log Analytics, Microsoft will convert you to Enterprise pricing. For more information about pricing, please visit the Application Insights Pricing webpage. This service is an integrated application performance management (APM) and application analytics solution, which provides application performance monitoring, application maps to visual performance constraints, machine learning-based anomaly detection, and powerful alerting with embedded diagnostics information. To learn more about this service, please visit the Application Insights webpage.
Av2-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines generally available
Now generally available in the Standard tier in all regions where Azure is offered, Av2-Series virtual machines are up to 36 percent less expensive than the current A-Series Standard virtual machines, and include load balancing and autoscaling at no additional charge. For more information about pricing, please visit the Virtual Machines Pricing webpage.
These virtual machines are available in standard memory options in 1, 2, 4, and 8 cores with memory ranging from 2 GB to 16 GB, and in higher memory options in 2, 4, and 8 cores with memory ranging from 16 GB to 64 GB. To learn more about this service, please visit the Virtual Machines webpage.
Azure Functions generally available
Now generally available, Azure Functions can scale based on demand, and you pay only for the resources you consume. General availability pricing will go into effect on January 1, 2017. For more information about pricing, please visit the Azure Functions Pricing webpage. Functions is a server-less compute experience to accelerate your development. To learn more about this service, please visit the Azure Functions webpage.
About the author
Andrey Korenkov is a Strategy and Enablement Specialist at rhipe delivering partner transformation through the strategic implementation of Microsoft cloud technologies. Andrey has seven years of experience in Microsoft cloud technologies working with Microsoft enterprise licensing, service providers and channel partners. He is driven to help rhipe partners adopt and deliver new cloud technologies while ensuring they are minimisng risk and reducing their administrative headaches.