Speeding up Transactions with In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database 

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In-Memory OLTP, a performance feature in SQL Server since 2014, allows you to speed up transactional workloads up to 30X. SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL DB have In-Memory OLTP in public preview, and contain many improvements to In-Memory OLTP, making it drastically easier to adopt in an existing application, and allowing many other applications Read more


Speeding up Business Analytics Using In-Memory Technology 

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New challenges Businesses have always used data and analytics for improved business decisions. As the new age of the IOT (Internet of Things) approaches, businesses are experiencing exponential data growth and the challenges that come along with managing large data sets. At the same time, tools like Power Pivot democratize data access to these large Read more


SQL Server 2016: Advanced Capabilities without Expensive Add-Ons 

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What does the industry leading SQL Server 2016 have in common with spaghetti sauce? Just the fact that if you need something, “it’s in there.” With SQL Server 2016 the advanced capabilities you need in a data platform are built in. You don’t need to purchase expensive add-ons to get necessary functionality immediately: Looking for Read more

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SQL Server 2016: Everything built-in 

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This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. Announcing SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.0, Azure Data Lake preview and much more. We live in the age of data, and the ability to extract actionable intelligence from data is driving a fundamental transformation in how we live, work Read more

SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 3.0 is available 

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The SQL Server engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2016 October public preview release CTP 3.0.  This release is a key milestone for SQL Server 2016 with all the key capabilities landing, including RRE integration. To learn more about this release, visit the SQL Server 2016 preview page. To experience Read more


Avoiding technical debtor’s prison with the right data platform 

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“Technical debtor’s prison” is a term I recently came across in a Forrester Research report, “CIOs’ Top Five Career-Ending Digital Transformation Challenges” by Bobby Cameron with Peter Burris, Rachael Klehm, and Rachel Birrell. The idea is that CIOs sometimes feel indebted to the specific technology that has a history of serving the organization well over Read more


Explore In-Memory Technologies at Ignite 

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You’ve probably already heard why you should use the in-memory tech built into Microsoft SQL Server: 30 times faster transaction speed, 100 times the query speed, and millions of rows of data analyzed every second. If you want to learn more about the how, check out the Microsoft Ignite session with the no-nonsense title, In-Memory Read more

Are you harnessing all that in-memory can do for your business? 

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Faster transactions, faster queries and faster analytics. Sounds like nirvana right? Just imagine it… your customers can find what they want from your large product catalog more quickly and purchase without huge lags. Your business divisions can perform timely analytics highlighting product, web site, and data trends. It’s all possible with in-memory technologies, and Microsoft Read more


Announcing the PASS 24 HOP Challenge 

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Calling all data junkies! How smart are you?  Want to get smarter? Play along with #pass24hop Challenge on Twitter starting at 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to win a free Microsoft Exam Voucher!  Simply watch 24 Hours of PASS and be the first to answer the question correctly. At the beginning of each 24 Read more