We are pleased to announce the general availability of Clustered and NonClustered Columnstore indexes for Standard databases in the S3 and above pricing tiers. These features will enable a number of new and valuable scenarios:
Functional dev/test for columnstore based applications, without needing to pay for Premium tier databases for testing purposes. (Of course performance testing should always be done at the target performance configuration.)
Deploying applications with columnstore-based storage which do not have the mission critical performance and availability requirements found in Premium tier database requirements.
Application vendors can now develop an application which leverages columnstore functionality and deploy it on both Standard and Premium performance tiers.