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PASS Data Community Summit keynote: a bridge to a new universe 

It is almost time for PASS Data Community Summit 2021, a free online conference for the Microsoft data platform professional. The conference, hosted by Redgate, will include the latest SQL Server and Azure data innovations, practical training, and networking to empower you to transform your career and your organization. This year’s event is coming to...Read more

Announcing SQL Server 2022 preview: Azure-enabled with continued performance and security innovation 

Today we are announcing the preview of SQL Server 2022, the most Azure-enabled release of SQL Server yet, with continued innovation in performance, security, and availability. The rise of data represents a tremendous opportunity and also poses challenges. Companies are seeing their relational and nonrelational data proliferate exponentially on-premises, in the cloud, at the edge,...Read more

What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters—CU13 Release 

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. Big Data Clusters extends SQL Server’s analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine with Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop to create a single, secure, and unified data...Read more

Boost your skills by joining Microsoft at PASS Data Community Summit 

Since day one, Microsoft has been right beside you in your career journeys. We have listened to your stories, experiences, and challenges, and referenced them as the driving force behind our product evolution. One of the highlights in our calendar each year is getting to connect with the global data platform community at PASS Summit....Read more

Enhance your Log Analytics data exploration in Azure Data Studio 

The Azure Monitor Logs extension in Azure Data Studio is now available in preview. The extension is supported in Azure Data Studio August 2021 release, v1.32.0. Administrators can enable platform logging and metrics to one of their Azure services such as Azure SQL and set the destination to Log Analytics workspace. By installing native Azure Monitor...Read more

Open sourcing the .NET 5 C# Language Extension for SQL Server 

For over two decades, the C# programming language has allowed developers to build secure and robust applications within the .NET ecosystem. SQL Server 2019 supports the R, Python, and Java Language Extensions. These language extensions provide many benefits to developers. They provide data security, rapid speed for deployment, and ease of integration. Previously, we announced...Read more

Move SQL Server licenses without Software Assurance to Azure 

Migrating your on-premises infrastructure and architecture to the cloud may seem like a daunting task, especially if you don’t have Software Assurance for your on-premises licenses. While this may seem difficult and challenging, there is a pain-free way to bring your existing on-premises licenses to the cloud through Azure Dedicated Host. Not only does Azure...Read more

Microsoft at Data Platform Virtual Summit 2021 

Data Platform Virtual Summit 2021 (DPS 2021) is just a few days away. A free, global learning event for the data professionals, DPS 2021 will feature over 150 breakout sessions and 15 training classes. This content will be delivered by Azure Data Engineering, partner organizations, community leaders, and Data Platform MVPs. The event is fine-tuned...Read more

Recent updates for Data-Tier Application Framework and SqlPackage 

In this article, we will cover some recent changes to the Data-Tier Application Framework (DacFx) and SqlPackage. DacFx is a library that provides APIs for database deployment and development scenarios and SqlPackage is a command line interface to DacFx for common uses. Earlier this year SqlPackage released updates including additional support for Azure Synapse Analytics...Read more

Know your options for SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 End of Support 

Customers trust Windows Server and SQL Server for their business-critical workloads. With SQL Server 2022, customers like Itaú Unibanco are taking advantage of the built-in intelligence, industry-leading performance, and security across both structured and unstructured data. Similarly, customers like CadDo are combining SQL Server 2022 with Windows Server 2019 to take advantage of advanced multi-layer security, hybrid capabilities, and enhancements to...Read more

What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters—CU11 Release 

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. BDC extends SQL Server’s analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine with Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop to create a single, secure, and unified data platform. BDC...Read more

Looking to the future for R in Azure SQL and SQL Server 

Data science, machine learning, and analytics have re-defined how we look at the world. The R community plays a vital role in that transformation and the R language continues to be the de-facto choice for statistical computing, data analysis, and many machine learning scenarios. The importance of R was first recognized by the SQL Server...Read more