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Announcing native backup for SQL Server 2008 end of support in Azure 

With SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 approaching end of support, many customers are moving to Azure. They see this milestone as an opportunity to reimagine and transform their infrastructure with the power of cloud computing. Azure’s offer of free extended security updates for three years provides a new lease on life to these servers...

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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...

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The June release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

We’re excited to announce the June 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. Note: After downloading Azure Data Studio, say Yes to enabling preview features so that you can use extensions. Azure Data Studio is a...

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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...

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SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 3.0 is now available 

We’re excited to announce the monthly release of SQL Server 2019 community technology preview (CTP) 3.0. For customers in the Early Adoption Program, CTP 3.0 is the first release where you’re able to run SQL Server 2019 in production. To apply, please reach out to your assigned Program Manager for more information. Check out the...

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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...

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SQL Server 2017 achieves top TPC benchmarks for OLTP and DW on Linux and Windows 

Once again, SQL Server 2017 has led the pack with three new TPC benchmarks published in April 2019, ranking SQL Server 2017 as the fastest database for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehouse (DW) workloads on Windows and Linux. Together with our partners, SQL Server continues to innovate with high-performing, enterprise-ready solutions that deliver...

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#SQLDataWins is back! 

You love data. You love the way it helps you and your organization make better decisions. You love the way it creates real insight into trends that are shaping our world. Plus, data is just plain cool; what’s not to love about that? We love data too. That’s why we’re excited #SQLDataWins is running for...

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The May release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

We’re excited to announce the May release of Azure Data Studio (formerly known as SQL Operations Studio) is now available. You can download Azure Data Studio and review the release notes to get started. Please note: After downloading Azure Data Studio, say Yes to enabling the preview features so that you can use extensions. Azure Data...

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