Azure SQL Managed Instance is the cloud location for modernising your SQL Server applications at scale, be they running on-premises or on VMs.
Naturally, there is some cross over with the announcements for SQL Server 2022, but the most exciting was the new link feature that connects SQL Servers hosted anywhere to Azure SQL Managed Instance. As well as SQL Server 2022, this also supports SQL Server 2019 and will go back to 2016 in the future.
Several announcements were made that will affect overall performance:
- The hardware has been updated to the latest 3rdGen Intel® Xeon Scalable processor which offers substantially more memory per vCore – up to 13.6 GB per vCore.
- Storage has also increased – now up to 16 TB in both general purpose and business critical tiers – though business critical is currently still in preview.
- Windows Authentication support for Azure Active Directory – currently in limited public preview.
You can get more information on all of these feature announcements and others, on the Microsoft blog here: Mission-critical app modernization made easy with Azure SQL Managed Instance