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Recent updates for Data-Tier Application Framework and SqlPackage 

In this article, we will cover some recent changes to the Data-Tier Application Framework (DacFx) and SqlPackage. DacFx is a library that provides APIs for database deployment and development scenarios and SqlPackage is a command line interface to DacFx for common uses. Earlier this year SqlPackage released updates including additional support for Azure Synapse Analytics...Read more

Top 5 Announcements at PASS Summit 2016 

This post is by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. In June, we’ve announced the general availability of SQL Server 2016, the world’s fastest and most price-performant intelligence database for HTAP (Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing) with updateable, in-memory columnstores and advanced analytics through deep integration with R Services. As...Read more

The elastic future of data warehousing 

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Data Group. Announcing the general availability of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, an elastic, parallel, columnar data warehouse as a service. A defining characteristic of cloud computing is elasticity – the ability to rapidly provision and release resources to match what a workload requires – so...Read more

Analytics Platform System Update 4 Generally Available 

Matt Usher, Senior Program Manager, DS SQL Engineering We are pleased to announce the general availability of Appliance Update 4 for the Microsoft Analytics Platform System. The Microsoft Analytics Platform System is a turnkey big data analytics appliance, combining Microsoft’s massively parallel processing (MPP) data warehouse technology with HDInsight, Microsoft’s 100% Apache Hadoop distribution, and...Read more