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SQL Server Management Studio 18.6 is now generally available  

The release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.6 is now available for download. Today we’re sharing some of the updates from the release and the ongoing work in SQL Server Management Studio. Download SSMS 18.6 and read on for some highlights from the SSMS Release Notes.  The 18.6 release is the second major release of SSMS in 2020 and packs several high impact changes, including a fix for crashes in database diagrams. Key fixes...Read more

Unlock your free Azure replica for SQL Server with DH2i 

Are you aware that you may be entitled to a free SQL Server license in the cloud for disaster recovery? Recently-announced licensing benefits enable this scenario, and a third-party offering from DH2i can help you set up this configuration to ensure business continuity for your business. Availability benefits for SQL Server Software Assurance customers now...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

How to provision a Linux SQL Server Virtual Machine in Azure 

You’re an existing SQL Server customer and are looking to explore the fast-growing Linux operating system. Whether on-premises or in the cloud, Microsoft has you covered. With SQL Server 2017, and now SQL Server 2019, SQL Server is available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu. For our purposes, I’m going...Read more

Tips to select the best Azure SQL deployment option 

When it comes time to migrate your SQL workloads to Azure, you have a choice of two main deployment options: SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines and Microsoft Azure SQL Database. Each offers its own benefits, so how do you know which is right for your workload? If you’re ready to learn more about moving...Read more

When to use SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines 

Rearchitecting applications to run in the cloud can be a significant undertaking requiring time, money, and the appropriate skills. If you want to move existing on-premises apps to the cloud, but don’t have the necessary resources to rearchitect your applications, consider SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines to get there quickly and easily. If you’re still...Read more