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SQL Server 2014 is Customer Tested! 

At Microsoft, we have an important program in place to work closely with our customers to ensure high-quality, real-world testing of Microsoft SQL Server before it hits the market for general availability. Internally, we call this the Technology Adoption Program (TAP). It works like this: an exclusive list of customers are invited to collaborate with...

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In-Memory OLTP Sample for SQL Server 2014 RTM 

SQL Server 2014 introduces the new In-Memory OLTP feature to boost performance of OLTP workloads. In an earlier blog post, Quentin Clark described how In-Memory OLTP has helped customers achieve performance gains up to 30X. To help you get started with the new In-Memory OLTP feature in SQL Server 2014 we created a sample around...

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ICYMI: Data platform momentum 

The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings.   At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations for handling data of all shapes and sizes, and...

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SQL Server 2014 and the DBA: Building Bridges 

Guest blog post by: SQL Server MVP Denise McInerney – Vice President of Marketing for PASS and a Data Engineer at Intuit – began her career as a SQL Server DBA in 1998 and now applies her deep understanding of data to enable analytic solutions to business problems. She is founder of the PASS Women in...

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Progressive Insurance data performance grows by factor of four, fueling business growth online experience 

At the Accelerate your Insights event last week, Quentin Clark described how SQL Server 2014 was now part of a platform that had in-built in-memory technology across all data workloads.  In particular with this release Microsoft has added in-memory Online Transaction Processing delivering breakthrough performance for applications in throughput and latency. One of the early...

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Customers using Microsoft technologies to accelerate their insights 

At yesterday’s Accelerate your insights event in San Francisco, we heard from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner and CVP Quentin Clark about how building a data culture in your company is critical to success. By combining data-driven DNA with the right analytics tools, anyone can transform data into action. Many companies, and many of our customers, are already...

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SQL Server 2014 and HP Sets Two World Records for Data Warehousing Leading In Both Performance and Price/Performance 

Yesterday we talked about how we are delivering real-time performance to customers in every part of the platform.  I’m excited to announce another example of where we are delivering this to customers in conjunction with one of our partners. Microsoft and Hewlett Packard broke two world records in TPC-H 10 Terabyte and 3 Terabyte benchmarks for...

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The data platform for a new era 

Earlier today, Microsoft hosted a customer event in San Francisco where I joined CEO Satya Nadella and COO Kevin Turner to share our perspective on the role of data in business. Satya outlined his vision of a platform built for an era of ambient intelligence. He also stressed the importance of a “data culture” that encourages...

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SQL Server 2014 Launch – A Community Affair 

Guest blog post by: PASS President Thomas LaRock – a SQL Server MVP, MCM, and Head Geek at Solarwinds – is a seasoned IT professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA, he holds an MS degree in Mathematics from Washington State University and...

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SQL Server 2014 brings on-premises and cloud database together to improve data availability and disaster recovery 

With the recently disclosed general availability of SQL Server 2014, Microsoft brings to market new hybrid scenarios, enabling customers to take advantage of Microsoft Azure in conjunction with on-premises SQL Server. SQL Server 2014 helps customers to protect their data and make it more highly availably using Azure. SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure builds...

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SQL Server 2014 now Generally Available 

Microsoft today released Microsoft SQL Server 2014, the foundation of our cloud-first data platform. SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough performance with new and enhanced in-memory technologies to help customers accelerate their business and enable new, transformational scenarios. In addition, SQL Server 2014 enables new hybrid cloud solutions to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing...

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