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Microsoft launches Release Candidate 1 for Azure DevOps Server 2019

Microsoft just released Release Candidate 1 of its new Azure DevOps Server 2019 platform. This is for customers who have special requirements for running Azure DevOps as a self-hosted platform.

The new server version is aimed at customers who want to run Azure DevOps on-premises, for users who require a guaranteed isolated instance of Azure DevOps and for users who want to run it in regions where a hosted version of Azure DevOps is not available, wrote Jamie Cool, director of program management for Azure DevOps, in a recent post on the Azure Blog.

This first Release Candidate (RC1) of Azure DevOps Server 2019 delivers the codebase of Microsoft Azure DevOps while being optimized for customers who prefer to self-host the application, he explained.

Azure DevOps Server 2019 uses the latest interface that’s now found in Azure DevOps, along with a wide range of new features, including improved navigation, support for the Azure SQL database, a new work items hub and release management improvements.

The support for Azure SQL for Azure DevOps Server 2019 is in addition to the existing support for SQL Server that was in the original Azure DevOps platform, wrote Cool. “This enables enterprises to self-host Azure DevOps in their own datacenter using an on-premises SQL Server.

Customers now also have the option to self-host Azure DevOps in the cloud and take advantage of all the fantastic Azure SQL capabilities and performance.”

You can read more about it on eWeek.

You can download Release Candidate 1 for Azure DevOps Server 2019 here.

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