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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking insights from Big Data can be simple with the right tools

    Data enthusiasts & Microsoft talk about Big Data in the enterprise at Gigaom Structure Data 2014 Last week in New York, our data solutions experts spent a few days with more than 900 big data practitioners, technologists and executives at Structure Data for a conversation how big data can drive...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for Office 365: Making It Real

    In my recent post, Simplifying Business Intelligence through Power BI for Office 365 , I described how the Power BI cloud service has changed the way I personally work. The ability to do “self-service BI” without any IT involvement—and to have the infrastructure transparently provisioned...
  • Blog Post: Amway sees 100 percent availability with hybrid data-recovery solution

    With the release to manufacturing announcement of SQL Server 2014 you will start to see more customer stories showcasing their use of hybrid features that span the cloud and on-premises. One such customer is global direct seller, Amway. Its data centers support about 34 terabytes of information spread...
  • Blog Post: “Modernizing” Your Data Warehouse with Microsoft

    Data warehousing technology began as a framework to better manage, understand, and capitalize on data generated by the business, and it worked extremely well for many years. This is a space that Microsoft knows well with warehousing capabilities since 1995 with SQL Server. However, there are several...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 releases April 1

    SQL Server 2014, Microsoft’s cloud first data platform, released to manufacturing today Today, Quentin Clark, corporate vice president of the Data Platform Group, announced that SQL Server 2014, the foundation of Microsoft’s cloud-first data platform, is released to manufacturing and will...
  • Blog Post: AMD Improves Operational Agility with SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence Solution

    AMD, a leading designer and integrator of technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, needed better tools for monitoring manufacturing processes and other business operations. More than a terabyte of test information was loaded weekly into a data warehouse, which was used by business analysts...
  • Blog Post: Top 3 Features I’m Excited About in SQL Server 2014

    Guest blog post by : SQL Server MVP Adam Jorgensen – PASS Executive Vice President, Finance & Governance, and President of Pragmatic Works – has been leading innovative SQL Server and Business Intelligence organizations for over a decade. His passion is finding new and creative avenues...
  • Blog Post: Using Natively Compiled Stored Procedures in SQL Server 2014

    The new In-Memory OLTP feature in SQL Server 2014 greatly optimizes the performance of certain OLTP applications. By using the new memory-optimized tables you can speed up data access, in particular in concurrency situations, due to the lock- and latch-free architecture of the In-Memory OLTP Engine....
  • Blog Post: Differential Database Backup with Memory-Optimized Tables

    This blog describes how differential database backup is taken on database with one or more memory-optimized tables. For full database backups, please refer to Database Backup with Memory-Optimized Tables for the details and Creating and Managing Storage for Memory-Optimized Objects to get more in-depth...
  • Blog Post: Merge Operation in Memory-Optimized Tables

    In the Storage Allocation and Management for Memory-Optimized Tables , we had briefly touched upon the Merge operation. This blog describes Merge operation in detail. We also recommend you to refer to implementing durability for memory-optimized tables for a good understanding of data/delta files and...
  • Blog Post: Storage Allocation and Management for Memory-Optimized Tables

    As described in implementing durability for memory optimized tables , the storage requirements and its management for memory optimized tables is very different compared to the disk-based tables. If you are migrating a subset of your disk-based tables to memory-optimized tables or are just developing...