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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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#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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SQL Server 2019 community technology preview 2.5 is now available 

We’re excited to announce the monthly release of SQL Server 2019 community technology preview (CTP) 2.5. 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. The CTP 2.5 preview brings the following new features...

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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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Three reasons to choose Microsoft for your hybrid data platform 

Companies today are faced with the trade-off of the security of having an on-premises solution and the convenience of moving their data to the cloud. With Microsoft, companies no longer have to make the choice. SQL Server and Azure SQL Database provide the most consistent hybrid data platform with frictionless migration across on-premises, cloud, and...

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Test the latest features with SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition 

Are you curious how new capabilities in SQL Server will impact your applications? Download and test SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition, a full-featured free edition, licensed for use as a development and test database in a non-production environment. You can browse and access SQL Server code samples at GitHub, and when you’re ready, check out...

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