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DBAs: It’s time to get up to speed with Azure 

The summer solstice has passed, and DBAs are still asking how to get up to speed with Azure. I’m even speaking at events on how to take advantage of Azure to do migrations to the cloud! Many I’ve spoken to are wondering what skills they need to add to their already impressive arsenal of technology....Read more

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.1 is now generally available 

We’re excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.1. It’s been just over a month since we released SSMS 18.0. While we brought in many fantastic capabilities, we also regressed some functionality for some of our users. We are happy to share that we’ve fixed those and are also bringing in...Read more

Advanced data security for SQL Server is coming to Azure Virtual Machines 

This post was written by Michael Makhlevich Our customers have asked for this and we’ve been listening – advanced data security is now available for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines! Using just a few simple steps, you can now protect your SQL Server installations on Azure VMs with Microsoft’s advanced data security capabilities. Advanced data security for SQL Server on Azure VM currently includes...Read more

A SQL Server tale of two cities 

No one disputes that data is critical to the lifeblood of business, applications, and the computer industry. SQL Server sits at the forefront of any discussion about data these days. So it’s no coincidence that SQL Server is seen, heard, and felt at major industry events. As a leader in the Azure Data SQL Server...Read more

The Cloud Database Administrator—Tech success at scale 

As a database administrator (DBA), I’ve always known what the role involved. Developers swing by my desk requesting a new database, a data refresh, or help with challenges they’re facing. They sometimes get frustrated with me when their database or data isn’t ready, even if it’s really the server admin who hasn’t allocated the storage...Read more

The March release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

We’re excited to announce the March release of Azure Data Studio (formerly known as SQL Operations Studio) is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the Release notes to get started. Please note: If you’re currently using the preview version of SQL Operations Studio, and would like to retain your settings when upgrading to the...Read more

Join us at SQL Bits 2019 February 27-March 2 in Manchester, UK! 

Data never rests, nor does the data platform. It keeps evolving as more organizations turn to data driven insights to stay ahead and prepare for the future. Be a part of the largest SQL Server professional gathering in Europe at SQL Bits 2019. At SQL Bits, you have the unique opportunity to meet with community...Read more

Four ways to take your apps further with cloud, data, and AI solutions from Microsoft 

Companies today demand the latest innovations for every solution they deliver. How can you make sure your infrastructure and data estate keep up with the demands of your business? Read the tips below, and join our upcoming webinar on transforming your business with a modern data estate. 1. Prioritize data Data is at the core...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more