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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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Confidential computing using Always Encrypted with secure enclaves in SQL Server 2019 preview 

SQL Server 2019 preview brings encryption technology to a broader set of scenarios by enabling rich confidential computing capabilities with the enhanced Always Encrypted feature, Always Encrypted with secure enclaves. Always Encrypted with secure enclaves allows rich computations on encrypted data, boosts performance when encrypting large columns of data or complex schemas, and enables customers...

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SQL Server 2019: Celebrating 25 years of SQL Server Database Engine and the path forward 

This post is authored by Amit Banerjee, Principal PM Manager, SQL Server and Bob Ward, Principal Architect, Microsoft SQL Server Data Services.  SQL Server has provided enterprises the capability to manage all facets of their relational data. Over the years, we have increasingly seen a convergence for the need of combining heterogenous sets of relational and non-relational...

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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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What’s new in SSMS 17.5: Data Discovery and Classification 

We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.5! Download SSMS 17.5 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.5 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL Server 2017, which is now generally available. In addition to enhancements and bug...

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What’s new in SSMS 17.4: SQL Vulnerability Assessment 

This post is co-authored by Ronit Reger, Senior Program Manager, SQL Data Security. We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.4! Download SSMS 17.4 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.4 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL...

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SQL Server PolyBase supports Hadoop.rpc.protection 

This post was authored by Casey Karst; Program Manager II; Data Systems. We are pleased to announce that PolyBase in SQL Server 2016 and later can connect to Hadoop clusters with the hadoop.rpc.protection configuration set to Integrity, Privacy or Authentication. By default, PolyBase uses the Authentication setting, but to connect to more secure Hadoop clusters...

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