Version 4.1 of the Network File System protocol is now supported on Azure Files. It will be provided to customers in the form of a fully managed NFS file system as a service, in preview for now.
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The latest capability makes Blob storage the only such platform which supports NFS 3.0 over object storage natively. Microsoft has welcomed feedback to further improve the feature in the future.
New enhancements for Azure Disk Storage have been released, including higher performance and cost saving options. The new shared disks feature has reached general availability as well.
With regards to Azure analytics, new features to report at Microsoft's Build 2020 conference include an HTAP implementation dubbed Synapse Link for Cosmos DB, along with general Synapse improvements.
The public preview of a new capability dubbed Query Acceleration is now available. This feature offers both an improvement in terms of performance as well as cost for Data Lake customers.
The disk bursting capability was first introduced last year, alongside new Azure disk variants. Today, all of the aforementioned are being made generally available, after a few months in preview.
Initially previewed last month, the new bursting capability for Azure Premium SSD Disks has now been further detailed, with information on support for it on standard managed disks, and more.
Microsoft has unveiled reserved capacity offerings for six more of its Azure services including Blob Storage, Data Explorer, and more, bringing the total number of supported cloud services up to 16.
A few months after the preview of large file shares in Azure Files, the feature is now generally available. A bunch of new capabilities have been added to it during this time period.
Zone redundant storage is now generally available for Azure Files premium tier, in additional to LRS. Currently being offered in the West Europe region, coverage will soon be expanded.
Microsoft has announced some new features in public preview for Archive Storage. These include priority retrieval for faster online data access and CopyBlob enhancements, among others.
Azure's latest storage redundancy type, Geo Zone Redundant Storage, is now available in preview. Currently only in some U.S. and European regions, availability for GZRS will be expanded soon.
Microsoft has announced that the ability to encrypt data stored via Azure File Storage has now hit general availability. This feature will also be coming to Azure Tables and Queues "by June".