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  • Blog Post: Do You Know Your Data? Test Yourself with the SQL Server Sequence

    The SQL Server Sequence has concluded. Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Nikolas Allen! In anticipation of the SQL Server R2 launch, we held a contest to test your knowledge of SQL Server and give away some great prizes in the process. For 12 weeks, we issued a new question per week on one...
  • Blog Post: Unisys Releases the First Pre-Packaged Data Warehouse Solution

    Unisys releases high-performance SQL Server 2008 R2 pre-packaged DW solution with up to 50 TB Solid State Disk technology Unisys is the first in the market to offer a pre-packaged SQL Server optimized solution based on the new SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise or Datacenter Editions. The SQL Server Powerrack...
  • 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: Announcing the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP

    At the PASS Summit 2009 last week, Ted Kummert announced the soon-to-be-delivered November SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Technology Preview. We’re happy to announce that it is available today for MSDN and TechNet subscribers and it will be available to the general public on November 11 th . Go to http...
  • Blog Post: New Data Visualizations in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2

    Sean Boon from the Reporting Services team here. In the spirit of last week’s SQL Server Sequence question about Reporting Services 2008 R2. I wanted to talk more about the new visualizations and how they can help you effectively communicate insights in your data. Maps. Maps can...
  • 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: SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint is here; volume licensing downloads available today

    We’re happy to announce volume licensing downloads for SQL Server 2008 R2 are available today in all languages, including the public availability of the much anticipated PowerPivot functionality, delivering on the promise of managed self-service BI. Starting today customers can download the trial version...
  • 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: Microsoft announces SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL

    Migrate from MySQL to SQL Azure or SQL Server with ease! Microsoft announced today the release of the first version of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL! Along with this release, Microsoft refreshed the existing SSMA family of products for Oracle, Sybase and Access with the latest v4...
  • 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: Empower Users with Self Service BI

    Written by Ashvini Sharma, Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corp. SQL Server 2008 R2 empowers business users to create and share rich, compelling BI solutions through familiar tools such as Excel 2010 and SharePoint 2010. While we’ve mentioned PowerPivot in the past, this post describes...
  • 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 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 Customer Technology Preview (CTP) Available

    As part of our commitment to delivering and supporting high-quality software to our customers, Microsoft is pleased to announce SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 CTP. Customers with existing investments on SQL Server 2008 R2 are encouraged to explore Service Pack 2 CTP. Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 R2 includes...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise scalability one focus for PASS 2009 Summit

    This is a long post, but there is so much happening at PASS! During the opening keynote at the PASS 2009 Summit, Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the Business Platform Division, highlighted Microsoft’s continued commitment to mission critical workloads, announcing the upcoming delivery of the...
  • Blog Post: How can I prepare for PowerPivot?

    By Denny Lee, SQL Server Customer Advisory Team One of the main concerns for PowerPivot as an IT Professional or Database Administrator is that PowerPivot involves many different systems of SharePoint, Office, and SQL Server 2008 R2.  It also has a lot of moving parts and making sure that all of...
  • 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 Magazine Conference Inside Scoop

    What’s the weather like in Las Vegas? Who knows?! The place to be is inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino where the SQL Server Magazine conference is taking place. The Microsoft booth has seen a steady stream of traffic and a question that keeps coming up is “when is SQL Server 2008 R2 being launched...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit

    Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Roger Doherty, Sr. Technical Evangelist for SQL Server. I joined Microsoft in 1991 from Sybase and I’ve evangelized every SQL Server release since the Microsoft / Ashton-Tate / Sybase SQL Server version 1.0 from 1989. I’m excited about SQL Server 2008 R2 and its improvements...
  • 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: SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers

    Today we are happy to announce the availability of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. For subscribers, SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available in the following editions: Enterprise, Standard, Web, Workgroup and Developer (English Language availability only). To get started...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Services Launches New Offerings for Mission Critical Customers

    Customers running mission critical solutions have asked Microsoft to provide higher levels of service and support for their environments, given the potential negative impact to their business if an incident or outage occurs to their mission critical solution. With that in mind, Microsoft Services today...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Released to Manufacturing!

    We are very excited to share that today, Microsoft released SQL Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing! Customers can expect availability in the next few weeks through Microsoft’s distribution channels. For more information, visit www.sqlserverlaunch.com . SQL Server 2008 R2 enhancements continue to support...
  • 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: Measuring the IO Capabilities of the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance

    I am Ravi Ramachandran from the SQL Server Appliance Engineering team and would like to show how to measure the IO capabilities of the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance which is optimized for SQL Server. The Engineering teams from HP and Microsoft collaborated closely for many years to design...
  • Blog Post: PowerPivot downloads for Excel and SharePoint now available

    Last week, we announced the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP. Today we are excited to share that the SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot downloads for Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 are now available! To download PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint, please...