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  • 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: 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: Disk and File Layout for SQL Server

    Guest blog post by Paul Galjan, Microsoft Applications specialist, EMC Corporation. To learn more from Paul and other EMC experts, please visit – www.windowtotheprivatecloud.com and join our Everything Microsoft Community . The RAID group is dead – long live the storage pool!   Pools fulfill...
  • 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: 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: Insight Through Integration: SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse - PolyBase Demo

    SQL Server 2012 PDW has a feature called PolyBase, that enables you to integrate Hadoop data with PDW data. By using PDW with PolyBase capabilities, a user can: Use an external table to define a table structure for Hadoop data. Query Hadoop data by running SQL statements Integrate Hadoop data with PDW...
  • 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: 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 Training at its Best: Join us in Dallas for PASS SQLRally 2012

    With PASS SQLRally Dallas just a month away, Microsoft SQL Server Senior Marketing Manager and PASS Director Jennifer Moser talked with PASS President Bill Graziano about what to expect at the May 10-11, 2012 conference focusing on all things SQL Server. Jennifer: Who should attend PASS SQLRally, and...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: A Behind the Scenes View of Blazing Fast Performance

    Last week we kicked off the Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, the first episode covering SQL Server AlwaysOn was just the beginning of this unique 12-part look into the SQL Server Engineering Team. Download The Fantastic 12 of SQL Server 2012 (PDF) to follow along with all the episodes...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Managed Self-Service BI

    We’re back with a new episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, where we’re providing unique insights from the SQL Server Engineering Team as they developed SQL Server 2012. This week we are jumping ahead to Number 6 of The Fantastic 12 of SQL Server 2012 (PDF) and we’ll revisit...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PASS Summit Series: Make it Happen at The Summit

    It’s closer and closer we get to the official start of PASS Summit 2012, and our celebratory countdown continues! Today, we have more advice for you on what you need to get out of PASS Summit from SQL Server community members Rob Farley and John Sansom.  FEATURED   MVP ROB FARLEY Rob Farley...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Developing Scale on Demand Capabilities

    We’ve reached the ninth episode of the Behind the Scenes series and in this episode Cihan Biyikoglu ( @cihangirb ), Senior Program Manager, Windows Azure SQL Database Team, pulls back the curtains on how small engineering teams take an idea and develop it into a feature concept, along with the process...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit MVP Guest Series: Inspiration for the Year Ahead

    Each day “passes”, and it’s closer and closer we get to PASS Summit 2012. To build anticipation for this most inspiring event, we have yet another guest blog post from Jason Strate, an esteemed member of our SQL Server MVP community, to fill you in on what you can look forward to the most from PASS Summit...
  • Blog Post: CROSSMARK Uses SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse to Quickly Deliver Business Insights

    With the growth of the consumer goods industry, sales and marketing campaigns have created large and complex databases that are hard to sift through without the right tools. As retailers approach the busy holiday shopping season, they need to have insights into the effectiveness of their campaigns. Retailers...
  • Blog Post: #SQLFamily is Giving Back – Week 1

    Wow #SQLFamily …just wow. The SQL Server Team has been overwhelmed by the amazing outpouring of support from the #SQLFamily. In just a few days, the community is off to a great start in sending us submissions that have raised money for the Pragmatic Works Foundation , a non-profit that provides free...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2012 Recap & the Milestones of SQL Server 2012

    Last week marked the completion of a great week at PASS Summit 2012 , the world’s largest technical training conference for SQL Server professionals and BI experts alike. During this year’s 3-day conference, nearly 4,000 attendees heard firsthand about the great advances being made toward managing big...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying Management of PDW Appliances with System Center

    SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) is a highly scalable appliance for enterprise data warehousing that enables massive scalability, predictable performance, and complete BI solution at low cost. PDW ships with a web based management console for monitoring the health of PDW appliance and resolving...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014: A Closer Look

    Microsoft SQL Server 2014 was announced by Quentin Clark during the Microsoft TechEd 2013 keynote. Designed and developed with our cloud-first principles in mind, SQL Server 2014 builds on the momentum of SQL Server 2012, released just 14 months ago. We are excited to share a closer look at some of the...
  • Blog Post: New and Exciting in SQL Server Code Name “Denali”: Knowledge Driven Data Quality Services (DQS)

    In a world of continuously growing amounts of data, data quality is becoming crucial. In order to clean your data and get to a high quality, you need to know “things” about it. We call this “ knowledge ”. Knowledge can be found in difference places: · Inside the...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Organizational Security and Compliance

    Welcome to the third episode of the Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, where we’re providing a unique look into some interesting stories and perspectives from members of the SQL Server Engineering Team as they developed SQL Server 2012. If you missed the previous episodes, be...