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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Offers HDInsight (Hadoop-as-a-service) to China

    Microsoft today announced that Azure HDInsight is now available for all customers in China as a public preview, making it the first global cloud provider to have a publicly available cloud Hadoop offering in China. With this launch, Microsoft is bringing Azure HDInsight’s ability to process big...
  • Blog Post: New Optimized OLTP and Data Warehousing SQL Server Images on Azure

    Microsoft Azure continues to offer customers more reasons why Azure Virtual Machines are an ideal place to develop, test and run your SQL Server applications . This promise is further enhanced with the release of new workload optimized images for SQL Server that provide greater performance and simplified...
  • Blog Post: New VM Images Optimized for Transactional and DW workloads in Azure VM Gallery

    We are delighted to announce the release of new optimized SQL Server images in the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines Gallery. These images are pre-configured with optimizations for transactional and Data Warehousing workloads respectively by baking in our performance best practices for running SQL in...
  • Blog Post: Azure SQL Database new service tiers now generally available

    We are excited to announce that the new SQL Database service tiers, Basic, Standard, and Premium are now generally available . These service tiers raise the bar for what you can expect from a database-as-a-service with business-class functionality that is both built-in and seamless to use—allowing...
  • Blog Post: Azure previews fully-managed NoSQL database and search services

    I am pleased to announce previews of new NoSQL database and search services and the evolution of our Hadoop-based service. Available as previews today are Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service, and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search...
  • Blog Post: Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool

    If you’re considering backing up your SQL Server database to the cloud, there are many compelling reasons. Not only will you have an offsite copy of your data for business continuity and disaster recovery purposes, but you can save on CAPEX by using Microsoft Azure for cost-effective storage. And...
  • Blog Post: Azure SQL Database: Service Tiers & Performance Q&A

    A few days ago, I published a post with some anticipated questions & answers to provide details on the new service tiers for Microsoft Azure SQL Database , announced on April 24. In this follow-up post, I want to provide more information about how SQL Database performance is factored into the service...
  • Blog Post: Azure SQL Database: New Service Tiers Q&A

    Earlier this month, we celebrated the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2014, announced that the Analytics Platform System is generally available, and shared a preview of the Intelligent Systems Service. Quentin Clark summarized his keynote speech at the Accelerate Your Insights event in a blog post entitled...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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...