SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0 now available 

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Microsoft is excited to announce a new preview for the next version of SQL Server!  We disclosed a name for this next release, SQL Server 2017, today at the Microsoft Data Amp event. Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0 is the first production-quality preview of SQL Server 2017, and it is available on both Windows and Read more


Top three capabilities to get excited about in the next version of SQL Server 

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<ahref=”https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/clip_image002_thumb11.jpg”> Some of the things customers are planning for SQL Server v.Next on Windows, Linux, and Docker include migrating existing applications from other databases on Linux to SQL Server; implementing new DevOps processes using Docker containers; developing locally on the dev machine of choice, including Windows, Linux, and macOS; and building new applications on SQL Read more


1,000,000 predictions per second 

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This post is by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. Transactional Workloads + Intelligence Online transaction processing (OLTP) database applications have powered many enterprise use-cases in recent decades, with numerous implementations in banking, e-commerce, manufacturing and many other domains. Today, I’d like to highlight a new breed of applications that Read more

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SQL Server 2016 posts world record TPC-H 10 TB benchmark 

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SQL Server 2016 delivers unparalleled performance and security built-in for your most mission critical transactional systems and data warehouses, along with an integrated business intelligence and advanced analytics solution for building intelligent applications.  Blazing-fast performance is key to ensuring you can deliver a flawless transactional experience while at the same time support demanding real-time operational Read more


Windows Azure SQL Database and SQL Server — Performance and Scalability Compared and Contrasted 

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Curious about the differences in approaching performance and scalability in SQL Server vs. Windows Azure SQL Database (formerly SQL Azure)? Check out this new paper that brings together insights from the Microsoft SQL Engineering and Customer Advisory Teams (CAT) to detail the differences between on-premises SQL Server and Azure SQL Database tuning and monitoring techniques Read more