Microsoft Purview

Microsoft announce a new brand family – Microsoft Purview – which combines the capabilities of the former Azure Purview and the Microsoft 365 Compliance products to provide a unified data governance and risk management solution. There are a whole host of name changes too – Office 365 Customer Lockbox becomes Microsoft Purview Customer Lockbox for example – and you can find all the new names and more information on Microsoft Purview itself in the announcement here:

SQL Server 2022 in preview

Microsoft announce the preview of SQL Server 2022 for early adopters, with the public preview and general availability coming in the next year.

In terms of what’s new, there are the usual improvements to performance, security and availability that you’d expect, as well as greater integration with Azure.

The three main improvements feature Disaster Recovery in the cloud through Azure SQL Managed Instance, near real-time insights on on-premises data through Azure Synapse Link, and visibility across the entire data estate though integration with Azure Purview.

There’s a useful datasheet here: with links at the bottom to the announcement, an overview video, and where you can apply to join the Early Adoption Program.