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SQL Server 2014 releases April 1 

SQL Server 2014, Microsoft’s cloud first data platform, released to manufacturing today Today, Quentin Clark, corporate vice president of the Data Platform Group, announced that SQL Server 2014, the foundation of Microsoft’s cloud-first data platform, is released to manufacturing and will be generally available on April 1. Quentin’s blog discussed the tremendous momentum with the...

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AMD Improves Operational Agility with SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence Solution 

AMD, a leading designer and integrator of technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, needed better tools for monitoring manufacturing processes and other business operations. More than a terabyte of test information was loaded weekly into a data warehouse, which was used by business analysts to run thousands of custom queries. To accelerate performance and...

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Top 3 Features I’m Excited About in SQL Server 2014 

Guest blog post by:  SQL Server MVP Adam Jorgensen – PASS Executive Vice President, Finance & Governance, and President of Pragmatic Works – has been leading innovative SQL Server and Business Intelligence organizations for over a decade. His passion is finding new and creative avenues for clients and the community to embrace innovation and lower...

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Using Natively Compiled Stored Procedures in SQL Server 2014 

The new In-Memory OLTP feature in SQL Server 2014 greatly optimizes the performance of certain OLTP applications. By using the new memory-optimized tables you can speed up data access, in particular in concurrency situations, due to the lock- and latch-free architecture of the In-Memory OLTP Engine. This means that applications which suffer from a lot...

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Differential Database Backup with Memory-Optimized Tables 

This blog describes how differential database backup is taken on database with one or more memory-optimized tables. For full database backups, please refer to Database Backup with Memory-Optimized Tables  for the details and Creating and Managing Storage for Memory-Optimized Objects to get more in-depth understanding of data/delta files referenced later in the section below. For...

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Getting Trained on Microsoft’s Expanding Data Platform 

With data volumes exploding, having the right technology to find insights from your data is critical to long term success.  Leading organizations are adjusting their strategies to focus on data management and analytics, and we are seeing a consistent increase in organizations adopting the Microsoft data platform to address their growing needs around data.  The...

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Database Backup with Memory-Optimized Tables 

The memory-optimized tables are backed up as part of regular database backups so you don’t need to do anything special to manage backups on databases with memory-optimized tables. Like for disk-based tables, the CHECKSUM of data/delta files is validated as part of database backup to proactively detect any storage corruption. However, as described in the...

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Merge Operation in Memory-Optimized Tables 

In the Storage Allocation and Management for Memory-Optimized Tables, we had briefly touched upon the Merge operation. This blog describes Merge operation in detail. We also recommend you to refer to implementing durability for memory-optimized tables for a good understanding of data/delta files and CFPs The metadata of all Checkpoint File Pairs (i.e. CFP) that...

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Storage Allocation and Management for Memory-Optimized Tables 

As described in implementing durability for memory optimized tables, the storage requirements and its management for memory optimized tables is very different compared to the disk-based tables. If you are migrating a subset of your disk-based tables to memory-optimized tables or are just developing a new application with memory-optimized tables, you will notice these differences....

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SQL Server 2014 In Memory OLTP: Memory-Optimized Table Types and Table Variables 

SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP introduces two new widely advertised kinds of database objects: memory-optimized tables for efficient data access, and natively compiled stored procedures for efficient query processing and business logic execution. However, there is a third kind of object introduced by In-Memory OLTP: the memory-optimized table type. The use of memory-optimized table variables...

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