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Breakthrough performance with in-memory technologies 

In a blog post earlier this year on “The coming database in-memory tipping point”, I mentioned that Microsoft was working on several in-memory database technologies. At the SQL PASS conference this week, Microsoft unveiled a new in-memory database capability, code named “Hekaton1”, which is slated to be released with the next major version of SQL...

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Financial Services Companies Rely on SQL Server 2012 to Deliver the New Standard in Mission Critical Platforms 

In spite of the old adage about “keeping a banker’s hours,” the reality of today’s digital world demands that financial services institutions are available 24/7. For the IT department, this means building systems that ensure high availability and always-on services. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 delivers these key features, and more, making it a natural choice...

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SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4 Now Available 

In late July, we released SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP3, the first public Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1, which contained compatibility features for SQL Server 2012 to support self-service BI capabilities in Office and SharePoint 2013 Preview. Today, we are excited to release SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4 which...

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TPC-E – Raising the Bar in OLTP Performance 

Blog Author:  Charles Levine, Principal Program Manager, SQL Server Performance Engineering Maximizing SQL Server’s performance and scalability is a complex engineering challenge. Beyond good architecture and well-designed code, we also extensively measure SQL Server to ensure that it delivers the best performance compared to previous versions and other databases. But which benchmarks do we use?...

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Final “Be The Next Microsoft Employee” Episode Recap 

It has been a fun ride for the Microsoft Reality show “Be the Next Microsoft Employee,” and it’s hard to believe that the final challenge is here and the show concluded today! As you no doubt have been following the show, you can recall that last week Microsoft Judge Buck Woody dropped in unexpectedly on...

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Microsoft and Dell Release Mid-Market Data Warehouse Appliance 

The world of data is changing with businesses facing an explosion in information volumes and the need to mine different data sources and data types. More than ever, organizations must collect and make use of this volume of data to analyze overall business strategy and make timely decisions to gain a competitive edge. While large...

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