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 with scenarios such as cloud backup and cloud disaster recovery for on-premises SQL Server installations.  SQL Server 2014 continues to offer industry-leading business intelligence capabilities through integration with familiar tools like Excel and Power BI for Office 365 for faster insights. 

We will also soon make generally available the SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool, a free tool that allows customers to backup older versions of SQL Server to Azure storage.

Try SQL Server 2014 release today

Download and try the generally available release of SQL Server 2014 today on premises, or get up and running in minutes in the cloud. And, please be sure to save the date for the live stream of our April 15 Accelerate Your Insights event to hear more about our data platform strategy from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner and CVP of Data Platform Quentin Clark.

Thanks.

Eron Kelly

General Manager

Data Platform Group