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Announcing Spark for Azure HDInsight public preview 

Lighting up interactive insights on big data By T. K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, corporate vice president, Data Platform Today, we’re announcing the public preview of Spark for Azure HDInsight and the upcoming general availability of Power BI on July 24th. These investments support our commitment to help more people maximize their data dividends with interactive visualizations...Read more

MapR-based Hadoop Clusters Coming to the Azure Marketplace 

Microsoft is committed to continuous innovation to make Azure the best cloud platform for running hyper-scale big data projects. This includes an existing Hadoop-as-a-service solution, Azure HDInsight, a hyper-scale repository for big data, Azure Data Lake, and Hadoop infrastructure-as-a-service offerings from Hortonworks and Cloudera. This week, Hortonworks also announced their most recent milestone with Hortonworks...Read more

SQL Server 2016 first public preview now available! 

Three weeks ago at Microsoft Ignite, we announced SQL Server 2016, the next major release of Microsoft’s flagship database and analytics platform, as well key innovations in the release.  Today we are pleased to announce the first public Community Technology Preview (CTP2) for SQL Server 2016.  This public preview gives an early look into many...Read more

SQL Server 2016 public preview coming this summer 

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, announced SQL Server 2016, an intelligent platform for a mobile first, cloud first world.  The next major release of Microsoft’s flagship database and analytics platform provides breakthrough performance for mission critical applications and deeper insights on your data across on-premises and cloud. Top capabilities for the release include: Always Encrypted...Read more

Microsoft announces major update to Azure SQL Database, adds free tier to Azure Machine Learning 

This morning at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit, we celebrated SQL Server 2014’s strong momentum and introduced new services that further expand Microsoft’s big data platform. We announced a major update coming to our database-as-a-service, Azure SQL Database, and easier access to our machine learning service, Azure Machine Learning. These new updates...Read more

Azure SQL Database new service tiers now generally available 

We are excited to announce that the new SQL Database service tiers, Basic, Standard, and Premium are now generally available. These service tiers raise the bar for what you can expect from a database-as-a-service with business-class functionality that is both built-in and seamless to use—allowing you to dramatically increase the number of databases managed under...Read more

Azure previews fully-managed NoSQL database and search services 

I am pleased to announce previews of new NoSQL database and search services and the evolution of our Hadoop-based service. Available as previews today are Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service, and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search capabilities to mobile and cloud applications. Generally available today, Azure HDInsight, our...Read more