In September we announced SQL Server 2019 preview, the first release of SQL Server to create a unified data platform by packaging Apache SparkTM and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) together with SQL Server as a single, integrated solution. SQL Server 2019 promises to simplify big data analytics for SQL Server users, break down data silos using data virtualization, and provide industry-leading performance and advanced security for your mission-critical applications. Today, Microsoft is now pleased to announce SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 2.2, the third in a monthly cadence of preview releases.
This preview brings the following new features and capabilities to SQL Server 2019:
- Customers can now use SparkR from Azure Data Studio on a big data cluster.
- Customers can use UTF-8 character encoding with SQL Server Replication. Depending on the character set in use, switching to URF-8 encoding has the potential for large storage savings.
Ready to learn more? Here are some ways to get started with SQL Server 2019:
- To get started with SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.2, find download instructions on the SQL Server 2019 web page.
- For an overview of the new features in SQL Server 2019, view our webinar “Introduction to SQL Server 2019”.
- If you’re looking for information on these and other great features, you can read more at the SQL Server 2019 documentation page, “What’s new in SQL Server 2019”.