Azure SQL Database adds change data capture (CDC) capabilities to support more complex enterprise applications and brings the service closer to SQL Server parity.
Managed Instance link, a feature that replicates SQL Server database to Azure SQL Managed Instance, can place data closer to users and assist migration, but has size and compatibility limits.
Azure SQL Database increases database size limits on select performance tiers by 30%, potentially helping customers with large databases lower cost.
SQL Server 2022 is cutting the public preview time in half, leaving less time to find and fix real-world problems; consequently, customers should reevaluate immediate upgrade plans.
Azure Arc enabled data services offers a method to deploy select Azure PaaS database services on-premises, in third-party clouds, and in Azure Kubernetes Services.
Azure Data Factory Native mode introduces Power Query support and SQL scripting to help developers onboard existing data transformation processes.
The sudden deprecation and eventual removal of SQL Server 2019’s Big Data Clusters feature marks a significant change in how Microsoft supports perpetually licensed products, and what support life cycles mean.
SQL Server is retiring Big Data Clusters in early 2025 (along with some PolyBase capabilities); customers should abandon plans to use the features and seek alternative solutions.
Azure SQL Managed Instance continues to receive new capabilities that make it more like SQL Server on-premises, providing a destination for migration
Azure SQL Managed Instance expands enterprise management and security controls, removing more barriers to migration.