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Announcing native backup for SQL Server 2008 end of support in Azure 

Update: Azure Backup support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support is now generally available. With SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 approaching end of support, many customers are moving to Azure. They see this milestone as an opportunity to reimagine and transform their infrastructure with the power of cloud computing. Azure’s...Read more

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 and SQL Server 2008 SP4 are now available! 

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 and SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 4 . The Service Packs are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center. As part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our customers, this upgrade is available to all customers with existing...Read more

New Video: The History of SQL Server 

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

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

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

SQL Server 2008 SP2 is available for download today! 

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are now ready for download on the Microsoft Download Center.  Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 includes new compatibility features with SQL Server 2008 R2, product improvements based on requests from the...Read more

Microsoft announces SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL 

Migrate from MySQL to SQL Azure or SQL Server with ease! Microsoft announced today the release of the first version of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL! Along with this release, Microsoft refreshed the existing SSMA family of products for Oracle, Sybase and Access with the latest v4.2 release. SQL Server Migration Assistant for...Read more

Microsoft Services Launches New Offerings for Mission Critical Customers 

Customers running mission critical solutions have asked Microsoft to provide higher levels of service and support for their environments, given the potential negative impact to their business if an incident or outage occurs to their mission critical solution. With that in mind, Microsoft Services today announced an enhanced Premier Mission Critical add-on for customers running...Read more

SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP is now available for public testing 

SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP contains all the cumulative updates for SQL Server 2008, and fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms.  These include supportability enhancements and issues that have been reported through Windows Error Reporting. SP2 CTP applies to: SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition SQL Server 2008 Evaluation Edition...Read more

The recommended availability platform for SQL Server: Stratus ftServer 

Not your father’s fault tolerant server Partner blog post from Peter Cook, Director of Global Alliances, Stratus “The latest SQL Server technology delivers a robust infrastructure to support business-critical applications and to scale with growing business demands,” said Claude Lorenson, director of SQL Server marketing at Microsoft Corp. “For SQL Server users that also need...Read more