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  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2011: Celebrating Community

    The SQL Server community is, in a word, awesome. I’ve never seen a user community come together like ours does to help each other get the most of the product, learn and share their experiences, and grow in their careers. And I’ve never seen a conference quite like PASS Summit, organized by a fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post by EMC: Lightning Strikes Again for SQL Server 2012!

    By Virtual Winfrastructure Earlier in February, EMC announced a new server Flash caching solution called VFCache , a hardware and software solution that leverages PCIe Flash technology to extend performance based caching from the storage array to the server. VFCache (codenamed "Project Lightning"...
  • Blog Post: A closer look at the HADR capabilities of the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance

    Hi, I am Steve Wort from the SQL Server Appliance Engineering team. I wanted to give you a quick tour of the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance Optimized for SQL Server. This Appliance is a the ideal solution for consolidating your SQL Server workload. The Appliance is available in Half...
  • Blog Post: Chat with SQL Server Engineers in Real Time and Win Prizes from Microsoft During 24 Hours of PASS

    Win great prizes after each 24 Hours of PASS Session in the “#SQLDenali / #24HOP Challenge!” We are very excited about the 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview event and want to give all of you the opportunity to win free SQL Server gifts by answering questions we will ask in the “#SQLDenali...
  • 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: The Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour is coming!

    CALLING ALL SQL SERVER PROFESSIONALS Do you want Microsoft to come to your city? This March, Microsoft is teaming with PASS to bring you the SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour, a cross-country, technical training roadshow that will take us to 12 cities across America. But this is your tour, and we want...
  • Blog Post: The Co-operative Group saves millions by switching from Oracle to SQL Server

    We talk a lot about the features and technical “how to” behind SQL Server, but our favorite topic is showing real-world examples of how it helps our customers achieve their goals and save millions of dollars. One great example of this is The Co-operative Group and their switch from Oracle to SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Fourth Largest US Stock Exchange, Direct Edge, Looks to SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse for Big Data Needs

    We’re pleased to share that Direct Edge, the United States’ fourth largest stock exchange, has chosen SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) to help manage the increasing volume of data acquired daily through its trading platforms. When the Direct Edge converted from an Electronic...
  • Blog Post: ISV’s & SQL Server 2008 Applications

    Technologies such as SQL Server are only as successful as the applications that are built upon them.  Microsoft’s Metro Early Adoption Program provides a programmatic, consistent and predictable way for longstanding Microsoft ISV partners to engage on next-generation technologies, by providing...
  • 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: SYSPREP in SQL Server 2008 R2

    Guest blogger: John S. Parker – NetApp Microsoft Alliance Engineering Team With Microsoft’s new release of SQL Server, there are a couple of things that I feel would be great to talk about. The main topic that I want to discuss is SYSPREP. SYSPREP has been a great tool in the virtualized...
  • 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 2008 Available on August Price List

    Today at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, we announced that SQL Server 2008 will be on the August price list. This means that customers and partners will soon be able to place their orders for SQL Server 2008 as we get ready to RTM in Q3 of this year. The whole SQL Server team is...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger: Adrian Simays, Technical Architect, EMC Microsoft Alliance

    While there are several exciting new features included in SQL Server 2008 R2 including PowerPivot for Sharepoint and Excel, Master Data Services for data consistency and StreamInsight for processing high volumes of event stream data, what I am most excited about isn’t a core new feature but one...
  • Blog Post: The recommended availability platform for SQL Server: Stratus ftServer

    Not your father’s fault tolerant server Partner blog post from Peter Cook, Director of Global Alliances, Stratus “The latest SQL Server technology delivers a robust infrastructure to support business-critical applications and to scale with growing business demands,” said Claude Lorenson,...