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  • Blog Post: Seamless insights on structured and unstructured data with SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse

    In the fast evolving new world of Big Data, you are being asked to answer a new set of questions that require immediate responses on data that has changed in volume, variety, complexity and velocity. A modern data platform must be able to answer these new questions without costing IT millions of dollars...
  • Blog Post: Show Off Your SQL Server Spirit With Community Badges

    Being part of the SQL Server community is a fantastic thing! Not only do you have the technical support of a global community, but you also have the strength the SQL Server community behind you offline as well! We know the power of the community – we’ve seen the #SQLFamily reach out to each other in...
  • 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 TechEd turns 20 with the SQL Server Team on hand to celebrate!

    It has been 20 years since Microsoft started TechEd to provide hands on training from Microsoft experts across current and soon-to-release products, solutions and services. The event has grown to become Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT Pros and Developers, and to mark our 20 th...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2012: Accelerating Business through Data Insights

    Hot on the heels of our big data announcements at the O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World conference last month, my colleague, Ted Kummert, will take the stage at the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) Summit 2012 today in Seattle and make a number of announcements that further Microsoft’s...
  • 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: Big Data, Hadoop and StreamInsight™

    The O’Reilly Strata Conference On Making Data Work is less than a week away. The Microsoft BI team is featuring a blog series highlighting Microsoft’s Big Data technologies. Today’s guest post is by Torsten Grabs, Principal Program Manager Lead for StreamInsight™ at Microsoft...
  • 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 2012 SP1 CTP4 Now Available

    In late July, we released SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP3, the first public Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1, which contained compatibility features for SQL Server 2012 to support self-service BI capabilities in Office and SharePoint 2013 Preview. Today, we are excited to...
  • 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: Leveraging Flash across the Microsoft SQL Server Stack

    Guest blog post by @SamMarraccini of EMC Corporation.  To read more from Sam, please visit Sam’s blog at www.insideflash.com . Flash technology is changing everything, nothing new there. Chances are the device you are reading this BLOG on contains some type of Flash memory. Within the datacenter...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes - Ensuring Peace of Mind

    Once again it’s on! We hope you enjoy this fourth episode of the Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, where you’re getting a peak into workings of the SQL Server Engineering Team with previously unheard stories from team members as they developed and tested SQL Server 2012. The first...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Credible, Consistent Data

    We’ve crossed the halfway point in The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series and would be delighted to get your feedback on the series as well as The Fantastic 12 of #SQL2012 Twitter Contest . Please share your feedback in the comments section below or send us messages on either Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Viewing and Interacting with SSRS Reports on an iPad

    This video demonstrates how to view a Reporting Services report on an Apple iPad that has Apple iOS 6 and Apple Safari. You'll learn how to access reports from the report server and from email, use touch to collapse and expand row groups, sort columns, and filter data using parameters, and export the...
  • Blog Post: Free eBook on PowerShell by William Stanek for SQL Server Launch Attendees

    On March 7 th , 2012, registered attendees of the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event will get the chance to download free of charge the eBook of Windows PowerShell 2.0 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by William Stanek published by Microsoft Press. Portable and precise, this pocket-sized...
  • 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 2012 Launch Events Continue in March

    On March 7 th we went live with the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event with incredible turn out to date! We appreciate the fantastic response from the community! There are still tons of online and in person events around the globe joining in on the celebration of SQL Server 2012! Click here...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.2 is Now Available

    SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) v5.2 is now available. SSMA simplifies database migration process from Oracle/Sybase/MySQL and Microsoft Access to SQL Server and SQL Azure. SSMA automates all aspects of migration including migration assessment analysis, schema and SQL statement conversion, data...
  • Blog Post: PASS BAC Preview Series: Self-Service BI from Excel 2013

    In today’s world of information, the way we experience data can have enormous impact on the meaning of data. The first step in analyzing and exploring data is to decide how to explore it, shape it, format it, and create the visualizations that will give deeper insight into your business. A part of the...
  • 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: 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: Breakthrough performance with in-memory technologies

    In a blog post earlier this year on “ The coming database in-memory tipping point ”, I mentioned that Microsoft was working on several in-memory database technologies. At the SQL PASS conference this week, Microsoft unveiled a new in-memory database capability, code named “Hekaton 1 ”, which is slated...
  • Blog Post: TechEd’s Just Around the Corner – Immerse yourself in the Data Platform

      With TechEd North America , June 11-14, 2012, and TechEd Europe , June 26-29, 2012, just around the corner, we wanted to share with you some of the exiting session content and speakers. This year, with the release of SQL Server 2012, we have an incredible line up of presenters and staff to bring...
  • Blog Post: Customers achieving Breakthrough Insight with SQL Server 2012: Volvo Car Corporation, ABB SpA, Klout, Stein Mart and Menlo Worldwide Logistics

    Last week at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Los Angeles we heard from customers such as Revlon, Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LA Fitness and Great Western Bank talking about the benefits of using Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) solutions to solve a variety of business issues. Given the...
  • Blog Post: The Perfect Combination: SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012

    Delivering a Complete Data Platform for the Modern Datacenter with Cloud OS Today’s organizations need the ability to seamlessly build, deploy and manage applications and services across on-premise and cloud computing environments. The Cloud OS platform with Windows Server® 2012, Windows Azure, Microsoft...