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Microsoft Azure M-Series VMs Make Room for SAP HANA in-Memory Database

Now that GDPR's enforcement date has passed, Microsoft is getting back to growing its Azure ecosystem for the growing number of businesses that are placing their database workloads in the cloud. On May 25, just as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) governing data privacy went into effect, Microsoft released a set of new toolsthat can help its cloud customers meet many of the tough new privacy law's stringent requirements. Now that the dust is settling, Redmond, Wash. software and cloud services provider is turning its attention to releasing new features and integrations that will help drive enterprise adoption of its cloud. Just in time for SAP's big conference in Orlando next week (June 5-7), Microsoft announced the availability of Azure M-series instances that are compatible with SAP HANA workloads on May 25. M-Series virtual machines can be configured with up to 4TB of memory, enough room for SAP's in-memory database. In addition to the new SAP HANA-certified offering, Microsoft announced that M-series virtual machines are now available in a total of 10 regions, up from six regions. Later this year, Microsoft plans to add an additional 12 regions to the total.

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