Microsoft and HP strengthen 25 year partnership 

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HP and Microsoft Corp. today announced an agreement to expand on their 25-year partnership with a $250 million investment that will simplify technology environments. The companies plan to deliver new solutions built on a next-generation infrastructure-to-application model, advancing cloud computing by speeding application implementation, eliminating management complexities and automating manual processes to lower the overall Read more

Windows Azure Platform Launch Update 

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In October 2008 at our Professional Developer Conference we opened the Community Technology Preview (CTP) for the Windows Azure platform (Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services).  The CTP has been invaluable in terms of shaping many aspects of the Windows Azure platform. PDC 2009 is an exciting event for all of us who are Read more

Microsoft Virtualization: Best Choices for SQL Server 

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Should I virtualize SQL Server? What benefits will I see?  What do I need to consider when making this decision?  These are some of the questions we are frequently asked as Virtualization continues to be a hot topic.  The short answer is yes – Microsoft Virtualization (Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V + Microsoft System Center) Read more

SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Available Today 

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The number of database applications is increasing faster than DBA resources. Meanwhile hardware computing capacity is exploding, leaving a large number of servers tremendously underutilized. Combine these two trends and DBAs are left with little time to effectively maintain and optimize their environment. To help defend against these costly trends, SQL Server 2008 R2 August Read more

Oracle Prices Up Again; SQL Server 2008 Remains the Value Leader 

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Those of you following the market news last week probably noticed that Oracle announced a 40 percent price increase on management options for 11g. We’ve seen a lot of Oracle ads highlighting its #1 status. Turns out, Oracle is #1 in high cost, too. For those who missed it, this article explains Oracle’s new pricing: Read more

SQL Azure Database is on its way; new pricing and licensing information announced at WPC 

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As a part of the Windows Azure platform, SQL Azure Database will deliver traditional relational database service in the cloud, supporting T-SQL over Tabular Data Stream (TDS) protocol.  SQL Azure Database offers small to medium sized businesses, Web 2.0 and ASP.NET developers a pay-as-you-grow, secure, scalable and highly available database service with business continuity and Read more