World’s Biggest SQL Server Event is Coming in 6 Days!

This post is by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. We are only 6 days away from PASS Summit 2016 (@sqlpass) which kicks off next Wednesday, October 26th, in Seattle. SQL PASS Summit (#SQLSummit, #sqlpass) is the world’s largest and most intensive technical training conference for Microsoft SQL Server (@SQLServer)… Read more

Free eBook: Using SQL Server 2016 for Data Science & Advanced Analytics

Reposted from the Cortana Intelligence & Machine Learning blog. The world around us – every business and nearly every industry – is being transformed by technology. SQL Server 2016 was built for this new world and to help businesses get ahead of today’s disruptions. With this free eBook, you will learn how to install, configure… Read more

SQL Server as a Machine Learning Model Management System

This post was authored by Rimma Nehme, Technical Assistant, Data Group Machine Learning Model Management If you are a data scientist, business analyst or a machine learning engineer, you need model management – a system that manages and orchestrates the entire lifecycle of your learning model. Analytical models must be trained, compared and monitored before… Read more

Developers: Don’t miss this PASS Summit pre-conference session

The new era of data driven and intelligent applications is here – powered by a robust data platform and a secure cloud infrastructure. The cloud gives us the power to collect and integrate data from an enormous variety of sources, to process big data at amazing scale and economics, to dramatically simplify development and deployment,… Read more

SQL Server 2016 Express Edition in Windows containers

We are excited to announce the public availability of SQL Server 2016 Express Edition in Windows Containers! The image is now available on Docker Hub and the build scripts are hosted on our SQL Server Samples GitHub repository. This image can be used in both Windows Server Containers as well as Hyper-V Containers. SQL Server… Read more

1,000,000 predictions per second

This post is by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft. Transactional Workloads + Intelligence Online transaction processing (OLTP) database applications have powered many enterprise use-cases in recent decades, with numerous implementations in banking, e-commerce, manufacturing and many other domains. Today, I’d like to highlight a new breed of applications that… Read more

PASS Summit 2016: world’s biggest SQL Server event

PASS Summit 2016 is community-driven event with three days of technical sessions, networking, and professional development. Don’t miss your chance to stay up to date on the latest and greatest Microsoft data solutions along with 4,000 of your data professional and developer peers…. Read more

Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016: Leveraging Hyper-V large-scale VM performance for in-memory transaction processing

This post was authored by Liang Yang, Principal Performance Engineer on the Hyper-V team and Jos de Bruijn, Senior Program Manager on the SQL Server team. With Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has significantly bumped up the Hyper-V Virtual Machine (VM) scale limit to embrace new scenarios such as running e-commerce large in-memory databases for Online… Read more

SQL Server 2016 now supports Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct

With the upcoming general availability of Windows Server 2016, we are pleased to announce that Microsoft SQL Server 2016 will support deploying databases on the new Storage Spaces Direct feature of Windows Server 2016. What’s new Storage Spaces Direct Storage Spaces Direct, new in Windows Server 2016, enables customers to create highly scalable and flexible… Read more

Eight scenarios with Apache Spark on Azure that will transform any business

This post was authored by Rimma Nehme, Technical Assistant, Data Group. Since its birth in 2009, and the time it was open sourced in 2010, Apache Spark has grown to become one of the largest open source communities in big data with over 400 organizations from 100 companies contributing to it. Spark stands out for… Read more