New SQL Server 2014 Logo Certification Program 

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We are proud to announce the SQL Server Logo Certification Program, part of the Enterprise Cloud Application Logo Certification Programs announced in April. The program is designed to help application providers and ISV partners drive growth through recognition that their applications work with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and global exposure in the Microsoft Pinpoint partner Read more

Guest Post by EMC: Lightning Strikes Again for SQL Server 2012! 

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By Virtual Winfrastructure Earlier in February, EMC announced a new server Flash caching solution called VFCache, a hardware and software solution that leverages PCIe Flash technology to extend performance based caching from the storage array to the server. VFCache (codenamed “Project Lightning”) increases throughput and reduces latency with a focus towards read intensive workloads including Read more

The Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour is coming! 

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CALLING ALL SQL SERVER PROFESSIONALS Do you want Microsoft to come to your city? This March, Microsoft is teaming with PASS to bring you the SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour, a cross-country, technical training roadshow that will take us to 12 cities across America. But this is your tour, and we want hear from Read more


Recap from PASS Summit 2011 

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We had a great week at PASS Summit 2011, a SQL Server and BI user conference. During the day 1 keynote Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Platform Decision, talked about Microsoft’s roadmap for helping customers manage and analyze any data, of any size, anywhere — on premises, and in the private or Read more

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PASS Summit 2011: Celebrating Community 

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The SQL Server community is, in a word, awesome. I’ve never seen a user community come together like ours does to help each other get the most of the product, learn and share their experiences, and grow in their careers. And I’ve never seen a conference quite like PASS Summit, organized by a fantastic volunteer Read more


Parallel Data Warehouse News and Hadoop Interoperability Plans 

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Today, businesses are increasingly facing a “data deluge,” as the complexity and volume of data grows steadily. Meanwhile, IT continues to grapple with how to manage, store that data, as well as unlock the valuable business insights that data holds.  That’s why last November Microsoft released SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) – Read more


Fourth Largest US Stock Exchange, Direct Edge, Looks to SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse for Big Data Needs 

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We’re pleased to share that Direct Edge, the United States’ fourth largest stock exchange, has chosen SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) to help manage the increasing volume of data acquired daily through its trading platforms. When the Direct Edge converted from an Electronic Communications Network (“ECN”) to a fully licensed stock exchange Read more


SYSPREP in SQL Server 2008 R2 

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  Guest blogger: John S. Parker – NetApp Microsoft Alliance Engineering Team With Microsoft’s new release of SQL Server, there are a couple of things that I feel would be great to talk about.  The main topic that I want to discuss is SYSPREP.  SYSPREP has been a great tool in the virtualized world for Read more