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  • Blog Post: New SQL Server 2014 Logo Certification Program

    We are proud to announce the SQL Server Logo Certification Program, part of the Enterprise Cloud Application Logo Certification Programs announced in April. The program is designed to help application providers and ISV partners drive growth through recognition that their applications work with Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 Update

    May 15, 2015 Update: SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 is now available for download +++ On Wednesday, April 15, Microsoft launched SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Shortly after release we discovered an installation issue. As a result, we have put the Service Pack downloads on hold. SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 is now available

    One year ago, Satya Nadella spoke in San Francisco to launch SQL Server 2014 . Today, we are pleased to announce the release of SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The Service Pack is available for download on the Microsoft Download Center . As part of our continued commitment to software excellence...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 is Certified for SAP Applications On-Premises and in the Cloud

    As of March 11 2015, SAP has certified support for SAP NetWeaver-based applications on Microsoft SQL Server 2014 . Now you can run even more of your Tier-1, mission-critical workloads on SQL Server. And, the ability to run SAP on Microsoft Azure means that it can be accomplished with low total cost of...
  • Blog Post: Best of 2014: Top 10 Data Exposed Channel 9 Videos for Data Devs

    Have you been watching Data Exposed over on Channel 9 ? If you’re a data developer, Data Exposed is a great place to learn more about what you can do with data: relational and non-relational, on-premises and in the cloud, big and small. On the show, Scott Klein and his guests demonstrate features...
  • Blog Post: Five Things to Know About SQL Server’s In-Memory Technology

    Last week was an exciting week for the SQL Server team, as one of our favorite events happened – PASS Summit . If you attended PASS, you probably heard a ton about the latest version of SQL Server 2014. One of the key drivers of SQL 2014’s design was the in-memory technology that is built...
  • Blog Post: In-Memory Technology in SQL Server 2014 Provides Samsung ElectroMechanics with Huge Performance Gains

    We’ve been talking a lot lately about our in-memory technology in SQL Server. If you attended the PASS Summit last week you likely heard a fair share. So, why all the fuss? Simply put, SQL Server 2014’s in-memory delivers serious business impact. According to CMS Wire “Microsoft SQL...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 In-Memory Gives Dell the Boost it Needed to Turn Time into Money

    There’s an old adage: time is money. Technology and the internet have changed the value of time and created a very speed-oriented culture. The pace at which you as a business deliver information, react to customers, enable online purchases, etc. directly correlates with your revenue. For example...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces major update to Azure SQL Database, adds free tier to Azure Machine Learning

    This morning at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit , we celebrated SQL Server 2014’s strong momentum and introduced new services that further expand Microsoft’s big data platform. We announced a major update coming to our database-as-a-service, Azure SQL Database, and...
  • Blog Post: For proven in-memory technology without costly add-ons, migrate your Oracle databases to SQL Server 2014

    Today, we are making available a new version of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA), a free tool to help customers migrate their existing Oracle databases to SQL Server 2014. Microsoft released SQL Server 2014 earlier this year, after months of customer testing, with features such as In-Memory OLTP...
  • Blog Post: New: ASP.NET Session State Provider for SQL Server In-Memory OLTP

    Microsoft SQL Server 2014 brings new performance and scalability gains by introducing In-Memory OLTP . In-Memory OLTP contains tables and indexes optimized for in memory. Transactions execute under lock-free algorithms to provide linear scalability and Transact-SQL stored procedures can be compiled in...
  • Blog Post: Dell Doubles Application Speeds, Processes Transactions 9X Faster with In-Memory OLTP

    As a global IT leader, Dell manufactures some of the world’s most innovative hardware and software solutions. It also manages one of the most successful e-commerce sites. In 2013, the company facilitated billions in online sales. On a typical day, 10,000 people are browsing Dell.com at the same...
  • Blog Post: Edgenet Exec Q&A

    Edgenet provides optimized product data for suppliers, retailers and search engines. Used online and in stores, Edgenet solutions ensure that businesses and consumers can make purchasing and inventory decisions based on accurate product information. Last year, it implemented an In-Memory OLTP solution...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 is Customer Tested!

    At Microsoft, we have an important program in place to work closely with our customers to ensure high-quality, real-world testing of Microsoft SQL Server before it hits the market for general availability. Internally, we call this the Technology Adoption Program (TAP). It works like this: an exclusive...
  • Blog Post: In-Memory OLTP Sample for SQL Server 2014 RTM

    SQL Server 2014 introduces the new In-Memory OLTP feature to boost performance of OLTP workloads. In an earlier blog post , Quentin Clark described how In-Memory OLTP has helped customers achieve performance gains up to 30X. To help you get started with the new In-Memory OLTP feature in SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Forrester Consulting study finds cost, business continuity benefits from cloud backup and disaster recovery

    Maybe you have read about cloud database backup and disaster recovery (DR) but wanted to know more about the results achieved by real companies. Would you be surprised to find out that enterprises using the cloud for DR reported better success at meeting their service level agreements (SLAs)? They do...
  • Blog Post: ICYMI: Data platform momentum

    The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings. At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 and the DBA: Building Bridges

    Guest blog post by : SQL Server MVP Denise McInerney – Vice President of Marketing for PASS and a Data Engineer at Intuit – began her career as a SQL Server DBA in 1998 and now applies her deep understanding of data to enable analytic solutions to business problems. She is founder of the...
  • Blog Post: Progressive Insurance data performance grows by factor of four, fueling business growth online experience

    At the Accelerate your Insights event last week, Quentin Clark described how SQL Server 2014 was now part of a platform that had in-built in-memory technology across all data workloads. In particular with this release Microsoft has added in-memory Online Transaction Processing delivering breakthrough...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 and HP Sets Two World Records for Data Warehousing Leading In Both Performance and Price/Performance

    Yesterday we talked about how we are delivering real-time performance to customers in every part of the platform. I’m excited to announce another example of where we are delivering this to customers in conjunction with one of our partners. Microsoft and Hewlett Packard broke two world records in...
  • Blog Post: Customers using Microsoft technologies to accelerate their insights

    At yesterday’s Accelerate your insights event in San Francisco, we heard from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner and CVP Quentin Clark about how building a data culture in your company is critical to success. By combining data-driven DNA with the right analytics tools, anyone can transform data...
  • Blog Post: The data platform for a new era

    Earlier today, Microsoft hosted a customer event in San Francisco where I joined CEO Satya Nadella and COO Kevin Turner to share our perspective on the role of data in business. Satya outlined his vision of a platform built for an era of ambient intelligence. He also stressed the importance of a “data...
  • 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: SQL Server 2014 Launch – A Community Affair

    Guest blog post by: PASS President Thomas LaRock – a SQL Server MVP, MCM, and Head Geek at Solarwinds – is a seasoned IT professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA , he holds an MS degree in Mathematics from Washington...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 now Generally Available

    Microsoft today released Microsoft SQL Server 2014 , the foundation of our cloud-first data platform. SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough performance with new and enhanced in-memory technologies to help customers accelerate their business and enable new, transformational scenarios. In addition, SQL...