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Around the clock with Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory 

On February 3-4, the Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory teams are partnering on a learning event for the community to come together to learn about Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory, meet the engineering teams behind these services, and learn how you can get started with using Azure Data Factory and Azure SQL together....Read more

Resources for the SQL Server and Azure Data community 

Update: In January 2021, Microsoft publicly launched the new Azure Data Community webpage, began onboarding qualified user groups to the new Azure Data Meetup network, and began providing Microsoft Teams access to qualified user groups. The blog post below has been updated accordingly. If you are a leader who is interested in adding your existing...Read more

Microsoft Azure at Data Platform Virtual Summit 2020 

Data Platform Virtual Summit 2020 (DPS 2020) is just a couple of weeks away. A global learning event for data professionals, DPS 2020 features a keynote from Rohan Kumar, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Azure Data, as well as 200 breakout sessions and 30 training classes delivered by Azure Data engineering, partner organizations, and community...Read more

Microsoft Azure at PASS Virtual Summit 2020 

It is almost time for PASS Virtual Summit 2020, the premier learning event for the data professional. Similar to the in-person event, this virtual conference will include the latest SQL Server and Azure Data innovations, practical training, and networking—to empower you to transform your career and your company....Read more

Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL is now open source 

Accelerating big data analytics with the Spark connector for SQL Server  We’re happy to announce that we have open–sourced the Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL on GitHub. Born out of Microsoft’s SQL Server Big Data Clusters investments, the Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL is a high-performance connector that enables you to use transactional data in big data analytics and persists results for ad-hoc queries or reporting....Read more

Join Microsoft at PASS Virtual Summit 2020 

This year’s PASS Summit conference, the largest gathering of data professionals focused on the Microsoft platform, will be a virtual-only event for the first time. This will make PASS Virtual Summit 2020 more accessible than ever, giving attendees from around the world the opportunity to network, speak, and learn from the comfort of their own...Read more

Enabling customer choice, agility, and performance with SQL Server on Red Hat 

Since the release of SQL Server 2017 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the industry-leading SQL Server database has been available on Red Hat Linux technologies. Microsoft and Red Hat continue to jointly engineer SQL-related offerings on Red Hat and provide enterprise experience to customers with co-located support for production workloads. Our engineering teams work side-by-side...Read more

Migrate SQL workloads to the cloud with confidence 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see how a workload will perform in a new environment before migrating a database to the cloud? Then you could fix any queries that have compatibility errors or move forward with the migration with confidence. That type of crystal ball is essentially what Microsoft gives us in the...Read more

Use hyperscale for your most demanding cloud-born workloads 

Sometimes resource demands increase beyond your expectations. Azure SQL Database service continues to meet your needs regardless of your speed of growth. The hyperscale service tier for a single database enables you to scale to 100 TB with fast backup and restore capabilities. Learn about other options for running Microsoft SQL Server in Azure in...Read more

Azure SQL Database managed instance vs. SQL Server 

As organizations face increasing pressure to modernize their applications and infrastructure, the benefits of the cloud have become impossible to ignore. Fortunately, Azure SQL Database managed instance makes it easy to move your SQL Server workloads to the cloud. Nearly 100 percent compatible with the latest SQL Server on-premises database engine, this fully managed service...Read more