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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Take Advantage of New SQL Database Reference Application

    We are happy to announce the availability of StockTrader 6, a new end-to-end reference application for Windows Azure and Windows Azure SQL Database . The sample application with full source code and Visual Studio solutions can be downloaded and installed from MSDN here . The focus of the sample is two...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit Speakers Chat about Their Sessions

    From Channel 9: Senior Data Platform Technology Specialist Buck Woody stopped by the Channel 9 studio to talk to Michael Rys , Principal Program Manager in SQL Server Engineering Team (Azure), and Liam Cavanagh , Senior Program Manager, about upcoming sessions that should not be missed this year’s PASS...
  • Blog Post: Availability of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Hadoop based Service on Windows Azure

    In October at the PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft announced expanded investments in “Big Data”, including a new Apache Hadoop™ based distribution for Windows Server and service for Windows Azure. In doing so, we extended Microsoft’s leadership in BI and Data Warehousing, enabling our customers to glean and...
  • Blog Post: New version of SQL Data Services part of “Azure” CTP

    Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicked off this week with a bang. We announced the availability of the latest version of SQL Data Services (SDS) (formerly SQL Server Data Services) as well as the SDK toolkit, as part of the Microsoft Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) Community...
  • Blog Post: New and Exciting in SQL Server Code Name “Denali”: Knowledge Driven Data Quality Services (DQS)

    In a world of continuously growing amounts of data, data quality is becoming crucial. In order to clean your data and get to a high quality, you need to know “things” about it. We call this “ knowledge ”. Knowledge can be found in difference places: · Inside the...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009 – Next Week!

    TechEd 2009 is less than a week away and we are excited about another event packed with opportunities to learn, network, and share ideas. Pre-show activities are already underway, with Webcasts live and on demand on TechNet and MSDN. Make sure you catch the last Webcast on May 13 th on Mastering the...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Get a free copy of SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition!

    First the let’s talk about the great Microsoft breakout sessions at this year’s PASS Summit conference!  Some of the highlights from the 60+ Microsoft sessions include Liam Cavanagh (3 sessions on the upcoming SQL Azure Database solution), Buck Woody (2 sessions on Manageability, and 1 session on...