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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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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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Visual Studio Code: Develop PySpark jobs for SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters 

Today we’re announcing the support in Visual Studio Code for SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters PySpark development and query submission. It provides complementary capabilities to Azure Data Studio for data engineers to author and productionize PySpark jobs after data scientist’s data explore and experimentation. The Visual Studio Code Apache Spark and Hive extension enables...

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SQL Server 2019 release candidate refresh with Big Data Clusters 

In continuation with our announcement of SQL Server 2019 release candidate last week, we’re announcing that the release candidate refresh for SQL Server 2019 is now available to download. The release candidate now includes bits for Big Data Clusters in SQL Server 2019 in this refresh. Back in July, we announced the preview of Big...

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SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 3.2 is now available 

We’re excited to announce the monthly release of SQL Server 2019 community technology preview (CTP) 3.2. With this release of SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 3.2, we are announcing the preview of Big Data Clusters for SQL Server 2019. Big Data Clusters for SQL Server enables big data analytics within SQL Server. It brings...

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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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3 ways to gain insights with SQL Server 2019 big data clusters 

Businesses today are faced with the challenge of staying profitable and investing in future innovations. Speed and flexibility are the name of the game, and effective data-scaling techniques are highly sought after. Yet exploding data volumes, diverse data types, and numerous database management systems make it harder than ever for data professionals to consolidate data...

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How to develop and submit Spark jobs to SQL Server Big Data Clusters in IntelliJ 

We’re delighted to release the Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ support for SQL Server Big Data Cluster Spark job development and submission. For first-time Spark developers, it can often be hard to get started and build their first application, with long and tedious development cycles in the integrated development environment (IDE). This toolkit empowers new users...

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SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 2.4 is now available 

Continuing with our monthly release cadence, we’re excited to announce the release of  SQL Server 2019 community technology Preview 2.4. Previewed in September 2018, SQL Server 2019 is the first release of SQL Server to closely integrate Apache Spark™ and the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) with SQL Server in a unified data platform. Watch...

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Free cloud data services training roundup 

 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) trainings in one convenient post. SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 end of support End of support is coming for two commonly deployed server products, Windows Server 2008 and SQL...

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The February release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

We’re excited to announce the February 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: If you’re currently using the preview version, SQL Operations Studio, and would like to retain your settings when upgrading to the latest version,...

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