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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.

Getting started

Ready to learn more?  Here are some ways to get started with SQL Server 2019: