SQL Server 2012 Launch Events in UK 

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We are very excited that the official UK SQL Server 2012 Technical Launch Event is happening next week in London, UK on March 29 – 31, 2012. SQLBits X is the second largest dedicated SQL Server & BI conference in the world, run by UK MVPs and community leaders, drawing highly technical audience from across Read more

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Introducing SQL Server 2012 Interoperability Solutions 

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With the data explosion continuing across every datacenter, desktop and device, it’s no secret that the world of technology has become a very heterogeneous place. Organizations have investments across varied platforms and technology infrastructure and making the most of these investments means the ability to blend old and new to solve the right business problems Read more


SQL Server 2012: Battle-tested for the NEW Mission Critical 

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Today’s world of continuous services and connected devices demands that applications and data will be up and available. Because today’s world demands mission-critical capabilities, we believe achieving mission critical is no longer reserved for the few who have mega IT budgets. The new mission critical is about supporting your business objectives while delivering irrefutable ROI. 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

SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing 

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Exciting news! Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing. Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1. Microsoft also announced today an additional preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service on Windows Azure that will be available in the Read more


Free eBook on PowerShell by William Stanek for SQL Server Launch Attendees 

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On March 7th, 2012, registered attendees of the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event will get the chance to download free of charge the eBook of Windows PowerShell 2.0 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by William Stanek published by Microsoft Press. Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for automating everyday system-administration tasks with Read more


Try Power View for a Chance to Win Prizes 

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Our friends in the Microsoft BI Team are kicking off a new contest today centered on Power View, and you will have the opportunity to participate and win prizes. Power View is the new interactive data exploration and visualization tool on SQL Server 2012. Starting today and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday until March 6, Read more


New Video: The History of SQL Server 

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The history of SQL Server dates back to 1989 when the product came about as a result of a partnership between Microsoft, Sybase, and Ashton-Tate. SQL Server has evolved tremendously over the years and now Microsoft is getting ready to bring SQL Server 2012 to market, beginning with the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Read more


Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals 

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The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following the keynotes, you’ll have access to over 30+ sessions to learn about Read more