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  • Blog Post: Mythbusting: SQL Server isn’t secure

    This is a myth that Microsoft have been fighting against for years. Some bad history has left us with a reputation that we’ve been struggling to overcome ever since. To get over this history, Microsoft have come up with procedures around security, fault-discovery and patching that are incredibly...
  • Blog Post: SQL Denali Demo Machine

    SQL Server codename Denali is in beta and the third preview has been available for a little while, which is great if you have the time and inclination to install, configure and run Denali for yourself. If you want to make use of a demo machine that someone else has already configured, there's one now...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Enterprise vs Standard

    SQL Server 2008 R2 comes with a lot of features and functionality. Even the Standard version has a long list of capabilities to set DBAs drooling. But then there’s the Enterprise version. A question that comes up, more often than we’d like, is, “Why would I need Enterprise?” If...
  • Blog Post: Mythbusting: SQL Server isn’t reliable

    I started this series of posts talking about scalability and now I’ll talk about reliability. This is another IT term that might have different meanings to different people. For the sake of this post, I’ll assume that reliability means that the server is up and running when you want it to...
  • Blog Post: Mythbusting: SQL Server isn’t a market leader

    In terms of big customers, Microsoft have been playing catch up with regard to databases. Some of our competitors have had a much stronger foothold into the enterprise space, with huge deployments in huge customers. That’s probably where this myth originates. But the fact is that we’ve been...
  • Blog Post: Mythbusting: SQL Server is expensive

    This isn’t nearly as common a myth as some of the others I’ve described so far in this series. Compared to most of the big players in this space, SQL Server is very low priced. The list prices for our competitors in this space tend to be about 10x that of SQL. The difficulty comes when those...
  • Blog Post: Two and a half minutes of awesome

    These guys at SQL PASS presented on using Kinect to interact with SQL. Create databases by raising your arms. Delete databases by kicking them away. Back up databases by bringing your arms back. Awesome!
  • Blog Post: SQL Bits 9: Query Across the Mersey

    Registration is open for the 9th SQL Bits, this time being held in Liverpool. The conference runs from 29th September to 1st October and includes some top speakers talking all things SQL Server. Find out more or register here: http://www.sqlbits.com/
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Denali Product Guide

    There is a new Product Guide available for SQL Server Codename Denali, the next version of SQL Server. This product guide includes PowerPoint decks, technical whitepapers, datasheets, demonstrations and more. If you want to see what's coming in the next version of SQL, take a look.
  • Blog Post: PASS SQLRally Nordic 2012

    Kamal Hathi, Microsoft Director of SQL Server Business Intelligence, will be delivering the keynote at the SQLRally event in Copenhagen from 1st to 3rd October 2012. The agenda is available on the SQL PASS website, including the pre-conference activities. This conference will involve several prominent...
  • Blog Post: Playing with Power View

    I've been playing around with Power View (formerly codename Project Crescent). I started with a simple PowerPivot file I'd created to analyse the transactions of a small dog grooming salon (I wanted something different from the usual Contoso demos). It was a simple matter to publish this PowerPivot file...
  • Blog Post: Mythbusting: SQL Server doesn’t scale

    There are some stories and myths around SQL Server. Like a lot of myths, these stories may have some origins in truth, but that doesn’t mean they are true now. This series of blog posts will address some of the key myths and give you the facts around them. The first myth on my list is that SQL...