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Microsoft releases the latest update of Analytics Platform System

Microsoft is pleased to announce that the Analytics Platform System (APS) appliance update 7 (AU7) is now generally available. APS is Microsoft’s scale-out Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) system based on SQL Server for data warehouse specific workloads on-premises. Customers will get significantly improved query performance and enhanced security features with this release. APS AU7 builds...

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What’s new in SSMS 17.5: Data Discovery and Classification

We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.5! Download SSMS 17.5 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.5 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL Server 2017, which is now generally available. In addition to enhancements and bug...

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Try mssql-cli, a new interactive command line tool for SQL Server

We are excited to announce the Public Preview release of mssql-cli, a new and interactive command line query tool for SQL Server. This open source tool works cross-platform and is a proud member of the dbcli community. See the install guide to download mssql-cli and get started. Read on to learn more about mssql-cli features,...

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Azure Database Migration Service Public Preview brings the “lift and shift”

It’s time to get excited—the Azure Database Migration Service Public Preview is here to help you move on-premises SQL Servers to the cloud with near-zero downtime. There’s never been a better time to start migrating your database to the cloud. Getting ahead in business today means moving to the cloud so that your company can...

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SQL Server 2017: The world’s first enterprise-class diskless database

This post is authored by Bob Ward, Principal Architect, and Jamie Reding, Senior Program Manager and Performance Architect, Microsoft Database Systems Group. Perhaps you saw the keynote at the recent PASS 2017 Summit where Microsoft demonstrated the performance of the world’s first enterprise-class “diskless database”. This demonstration showed how Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and...

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SQL Server 2017: A proven leader in database performance

This post was authored by Bob Ward, Principal Architect, and Jamie Reding, Senior Program Manager and Performance Architect, Microsoft Database Systems Group. SQL Server continues to be a proven leader in database performance for both analytic and OLTP workloads. SQL Server 2017 is fast, built-in with capabilities and features such as Columnstore indexes to accelerate...

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Announcing SQL Operations Studio for preview

We are excited to announce that SQL Operations Studio is now available in preview. SQL Operations Studio is a free, light-weight tool for modern database development and operations for SQL Server on Windows, Linux and Docker, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse on Windows, Mac or Linux machines. Download SQL Operations Studio to...

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SQL Server 2017 Features Bring ‘Choice’ to Developers

Data is everywhere today: in the cloud, on premises, and everywhere in between, tied up in systems of nearly endless complexity. Microsoft solutions allow developers to innovate while also scaling and growing their data infrastructure. In SQL Server 2016 SP1, SQL Server made available a consistent programmable surface layer for all its editions, making it...

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