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Eight scenarios with Apache Spark on Azure that will transform any business

This post was authored by Rimma Nehme, Technical Assistant, Data Group. Since its birth in 2009, and the time it was open sourced in 2010, Apache Spark has grown to become one of the largest open source communities in big data with over 400 organizations from 100 companies contributing to it. Spark stands out for...

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Check out the SQL Server sessions we’ve planned for Microsoft Ignite

What do you want to learn at Microsoft Ignite 2016? Do you want to learn how to accelerate SQL Server 2016 to the max? Get practical techniques for database management? Strengthen your defenses against hackers? Discuss real-world questions with product experts, in person? Challenge your strategic thinking? Perfect. All of that—and more—is waiting for you...

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WideWorldImporters: The new SQL Server sample database

This post was authored by Jos de Bruijn, Senior Program Manager, SQL Server. A release the magnitude of SQL Server 2016 deserves a new sample. AdventureWorks, which has been around since the SQL Server 2005 days, has had a good run, but it is time for an upgrade. Wide World Importers is the new sample...

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SQL Server 2016 is generally available today

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Data Group, Microsoft. Today we announced the general availability of SQL Server 2016, the world’s fastest and most price-performant database for HTAP (Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing) with updateable, in-memory columnstores and advanced analytics through deep integration with R Services. Software applications can now deploy...

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In-database Advanced Analytics with R in SQL Server 2016

This post was co-authored by Dotan Elharrar, Principal Program Manager, Machine Learning, and Umachandar Jayachandran Senior Program Manager, SQL Server. R has emerged as the most popular software for mining data, uncovering new insights and making predictions. It’s a perfect starting point because it is free and open-source and offers an ever-growing and vibrant community....

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