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How to deploy SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters 

SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters is a scale-out, data virtualization platform built on top of the Kubernetes container platform. This ensures a predictable, fast, and elastically scalable deployment, regardless of where it’s deployed. In this blog post, we’ll explain how to deploy SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters to Kubernetes. First, the tools Deploying...

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Reflections on PASS Summit 2019 from the SQL Tools Team 

Last September at Microsoft Ignite 2018, Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President of Azure Data, announced the general availability of Azure Data Studio. This month, a little over a year later, Azure Data Studio took PASS Summit 2019 by storm, from keynote demos to community sessions to customer conversations at the Microsoft booth, we experienced overwhelming...

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Five essential skills for today’s database administrators 

DevOps, the cloud, and new database technologies mean our jobs as database administrators (DBAs) are changing at an ever-faster pace. If you’re fascinated by data and all the things you can do with it, it’s a thrilling time to be in the business. Here are five of the skills we see as essential parts of...

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Build an intelligent analytics platform with SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters 

In the most recent releases, SQL Server went beyond relational data and enabled support for graph data, R, and Python machine learning, while making SQL Server available on Linux and containers in addition to Windows. At the same time, organizations are challenged with the amount of data stored in different formats, in silos, and the...

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New in Azure Synapse Analytics: CICD for SQL Analytics using SQL Server Data Tools 

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, we announced Azure Synapse Analytics, a major evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The same industry leading data warehouse now provides a whole new level of performance, scale, and analytics capabilities. One of these capabilities is SQL Analytics, which provides a rich set of enterprise data warehousing features. Today we are announcing the general availability of the highest requested feature...

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State of the SQL Server tools 

This week we’re announcing the general availability of SQL Server 2019, a significant milestone for Azure Data and for SQL Server customers. This presents a good moment to give an update on the state of tooling for SQL Server. Since SQL Server 2016, the tools for SQL Server have been released independently “out of box”...

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The November 2019 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

Today we are announcing the November release of Azure Data Studio is now available. 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 the extensions. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals...

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SQL Server Management Studio 18.4 and sqlpackage v18.4 generally available 

Today we’re announcing the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.4. This update has full support for SQL Server 2019 capabilities as well as some bug fixes. You can download SQL Server Management Studio 18.4 today and review SQL Server Management Studio release notes for details. In addition, we’re also announcing sqlpackage v18.4 is...

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Welcome to the 21st annual PASS Summit 

PASS Summit has become an annual pilgrimage for thousands of SQL Server professionals from around the world to join together. My very first demo at PASS Summit was in 2010, and today marks the third time I’ve had the honor of being invited to deliver the day one keynote. It has been incredible to reflect...

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Gain intelligence over data with SQL Server 2019, now generally available 

Today we’re announcing that SQL Server 2019 is generally available. It’s been an amazing journey with a tremendous response from customers. Ever since we announced preview of SQL Server 2019 at Ignite 2018, it has seen 50 percent more adoption than SQL Server 2017, our highest performing SQL Server release to date. SQL Server 2019...

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SQL Server 2019 is now generally available 

As you saw from our launch announcement earlier today, over a year ago at Microsoft Ignite we announced our first preview of SQL Server 2019 and today our latest release is now generally available. You have told us that in today’s demanding world of massive data, wide variety of data sources, and expectations of near...

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Unify your data lakes with HDFS tiering in SQL Server Big Data Clusters 

As the volume and variety of data has risen, it has become more common to store the data in disparate and diverse data sources. A challenge many organizations face today is how to gain insights from all of their data across many different data sources. With SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters, through innovative enhancements,...

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