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  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Big Data Analytics and Data Warehousing

    We’re back with a new episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Series and this week we’re covering the hot topic of Big Data! In this episode, Saptak Sen, Senior Product Manager, recaps some the conversations he recently had with customers at the 2012 Strata Conference and the Gartner Business...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft named a leader in Database Management Systems Market

    Forrester Research has named Microsoft a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Database Management Systems, Q2 2009. (June 2009). Forrester writes that Microsoft is “The most aggressive DBMS vendor with a strong road map.” In this Wave, Forrester categorizes Leaders as offering “broad set of functionality...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing

    Exciting news! Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing. Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1. Microsoft also announced today an additional preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Data Warehouse News and Hadoop Interoperability Plans

    Today, businesses are increasingly facing a “data deluge,” as the complexity and volume of data grows steadily. Meanwhile, IT continues to grapple with how to manage, store that data, as well as unlock the valuable business insights that data holds. That’s why last November Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 are HERE!

    Today we are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3) . This CTP release represents a significant milestone for customers and partners looking to experience the extensive new value delivered in Denali. SQL Server Code Name “Denali”...
  • Blog Post: Answers and Links for the Questions Asked During the #24HOP / #SQL Denali Challenge

    We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in the #24HOP / #SQLDenali Challenge at the end of the recent 24 Hours of PASS Sessions. It was very exciting for us to see so many of you getting involved and trying your best to win! Many of you told us that you had learned a lot as...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating Fast Time to Solution Technologies

    In the 10 th episode of the Behind the Scenes series, it’s time to talk about reducing complexity and accelerating time to solution with turn-key appliances and cloud offerings. In the episode below, Britt Johnston ( @BrittJohnston ), Principal Group Manager shares what he has heard from customers recently...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Team at PASS Summit 2011

    Microsoft is once again delighted to be a premier sponsor of the PASS Summit in Seattle from Oct 11 – 14, 2011. We are committing our top resources to the most value-packed SQL Server and Business Intelligence event of the year. This event includes informative keynotes from Microsoft executives as well...
  • 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: SQL Server 2008 SP2 is available for download today!

    Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are now ready for download on the Microsoft Download Center. Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 includes new compatibility features with SQL Server 2008 R2, product improvements...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Aligning with ODBC

    Today we are announcing that Microsoft is aligning with ODBC for native relational data access – the de-facto industry standard. This move supports our commitment to interoperability and our partners and customers’ journey to the cloud. SQL Azure is already aligned with ODBC today. Conversations...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating Optimized Productivity

    The 11 th episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series is here, and we are excited to be discussing optimized IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with a common toolset. In this latest episode, Tobias Ternstrom, Lead Program Manager discusses the “Sequence...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0 released!!

    Microsoft is announcing an important interoperability milestone: the release of the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0!! The major h ighlight of this release is the addition of the PDO_SQLSRV driver, which adds support for PHP Data Objects (PDO). The PHP community has signaled that PDO is...
  • Blog Post: StreamInsight 1.2 – New in SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3

    With Microsoft StreamInsight in SQL Server 2008 R2, we started to make Complex Event Processing capabilities available in Microsoft’s data platform. We are excited that the upcoming SQL Server Code Name “Denali” release will include key improvements for StreamInsight. In this video, I will go over the...
  • Blog Post: AlwaysOn - New in SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP3

    What is SQL Server AlwaysOn? SQL Server AlwaysOn is the new high availability and disaster recovery solution for the next release of SQL Server. Using AlwaysOn businesses can achieve increased application availability for their mission critical applications and get higher returns on their high availability...
  • Blog Post: Join us March 7, 2012 for the Virtual Launch of SQL Server 2012!

    On March 7, 2012 we are hosting the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event (VLE), to share the latest on SQL Server 2012 and the evolution of the Microsoft data platform. Through our VLE, anyone, anywhere in the world can simply log in and be a part of this amazing experience – consuming content at your...
  • Blog Post: Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals

    The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following...
  • Blog Post: Recap from PASS Summit 2011

    We had a great week at PASS Summit 2011 , a SQL Server and BI user conference. During the day 1 keynote Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Platform Decision, talked about Microsoft’s roadmap for helping customers manage and analyze any data, of any size, anywhere -- on...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 CTP3 Now Available in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

    Is SQL Server 2012 cloud ready for Microsoft partners? You bet! You already know that SQL Server 2012 CTP3 is helping customers bridge private to public cloud, but did you know that it is also forming a strong foundation for partner-hosted cloud solutions as well? Now the SQL Server community has another...
  • Blog Post: Follow up to the SQL Server Fireside Chats after the 24 Hours of PASS Sessions

    The SQL Server Team held Fireside Chats at the end of the 24 Hours of PASS on September 7-8, 2011 to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions directly to members of the SQL Server engineering team. The engineers answered most of the questions during the chat, however there were a few questions...
  • 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: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Organizational Security and Compliance

    Welcome to the third episode of the Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, where we’re providing a unique look into some interesting stories and perspectives from members of the SQL Server Engineering Team as they developed SQL Server 2012. If you missed the previous episodes, be...