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Creating a data hub for your analytics with PolyBase

Data is the new currency of the digital world, and Microsoft is uniquely positioned to help businesses and consumers get the most out of their data assets. With the leading database in the world, SQL Server, and the rapidly growing Azure cloud data platform, Microsoft is delivering a modern data platform. We are witnessing a...

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Announcing: Preview of Machine Learning Services with R support in Azure SQL Database

We are excited to announce that Machine Learning Services with support for R is now available for public preview on Azure SQL Database. Machine Learning Services has transformed SQL Server into a versatile machine learning platform. We are now bringing the same in-database machine learning capabilities to the fully managed Azure SQL Database. We are...

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Harness the future with the ultimate hybrid platform for data and AI

Today I’m excited to give the Day 1 keynote at PASS Summit v.20, a gathering of our longtime community of SQL Server users and data professionals.  PASS Summit is an amazing chance to see the faces of old and new friends.  It’s a place to meet with customers and fans to continually learn about their...

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DBA essentials—SQL Server 2017 security, performance tuning, and more—inside out

Whether you’re an experienced DBA with multiple certifications or just starting on your SQL Server DBA journey, you face challenges constantly for putting your organization’s data to work. To turn the next-to-impossible into the practical, you need a comprehensive resource at your fingertips: SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out, by William Assaf, Randolph West, Sven...

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SQL Server 2008 end of support is the first step to tomorrow’s database

Today, Takeshi Numoto blogged about the upcoming SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support. If you’ve been thinking about what to do with your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 databases, you’re not alone. These databases reach end of support on July 9, 2019, and many organizations have started planning in earnest for...

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Securing your data with Azure SQL Database

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in effect as of May 25th, 2018.  GDPR has significant implications on the use and management of your customers’ personal data. Considerations of privacy, security, data management, and marketing practices are all top of mind. With nearly 160 new GDPR requirements, it’s clear that cloud technology can...

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Cloud data and AI services training roundup May 2018

To help you stay up to date on online training opportunities, we’re releasing a monthly list of the latest free Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) sessions in one convenient post. SQL Database Azure SQL Database is the intelligent, fully managed relational cloud database service that provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility, so you can...

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A new update for mssql-cli, an interactive CLI, is now available

We have released our second major update for mssql-cli since our public preview announcement in December. You can view the public preview announcement here. mssql-cli is a new and interactive command line query tool for SQL Server. This open source tool works cross-platform and is part of the dbcli community. See the install guide to...

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Visualize geographic spatial data from SQL Server directly in Tableau 2018.1

This is a partner post authored with the Tableau team. As part of Microsoft’s open and flexible platform for data and analytics, we’re always excited when partners add features that will expand customer options and extend business functionality. Business intelligence partner Tableau has recently introduced enhancements that will make it easier for their users to...

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Database scoped default online options is in preview for Azure SQL DB

This post is authored by Mirek Sztajno, Senior Program Manager, Azure SQL Database. We are happy to announce that database scoped default options for online and resumable are now available for public preview. With this feature, you can set a default behavior for online and resumable rather than defining the option for each individual statement....

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