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Microsoft and HP strengthen 25 year partnership 

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...

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Windows Azure Platform Launch Update 

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...

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SQL Azure October CTP is feature complete! 

Today, the SQL Azure Database October CTP (CTP 2) is available and includes the complete feature set that will be delivered at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) on November 17th – 20th, 2009 in LA. Please see the latest SQL Azure Database blog for more details....

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Microsoft Virtualization: Best Choices for SQL Server 

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)...

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SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Available Today 

Today we are excited to announce the availability of the first community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, with the CTP generally available on Wednesday, August 12th. Building on the momentum of SQL Server 2008, “R2” improves IT efficiency by reducing the time and cost of developing...

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

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:...

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SQL Server support for guest failover clustering on Hyper-V 

SQL Server support for Guest Failover Clustering  in a virtualization environment is now available.Guest Failover Clustering is when you create a SQL Server failover cluster inside a virtual machine where the nodes are running as a virtual machine.   With this extension of support, SQL Server customers can achieve high availability of SQL Server products when...

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