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

Five must-see speakers at the Microsoft Data Science Summit

The Microsoft Data Science Summit is filled with leading thinkers in big data, machine learning, AI, and open-source technologies. Join us, and get their insights and technical expertise as they discuss real-world challenges and innovative solutions emerging across data science. Here’s a sample of some of the speakers you’ll see—and what they’ll be talking about:… Read more

ODBC Driver 13.1 for SQL Server released

We are pleased to announce the full release of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for SQL Server. The updated driver provides robust data access to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database for C/C++ based applications. What’s new Always Encrypted You can now use Always Encrypted with the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for SQL… Read more

Don’t miss SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit 2016!

This post was authored by Rimma Nehme, Technical Assistant, Data Group. I am really excited to both attend and speak at the SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit (#SSGAS2016), Asia’s Premier Data & Analytics Conference taking place on 11-13 August in Bangalore, India. SQLServerGeeks Annual Summit 2016 is a full 3-day conference with more than 100… Read more

SQL Server 2016 posts world record TPC-H 10 TB benchmark

SQL Server 2016 delivers unparalleled performance and security built-in for your most mission critical transactional systems and data warehouses, along with an integrated business intelligence and advanced analytics solution for building intelligent applications.  Blazing-fast performance is key to ensuring you can deliver a flawless transactional experience while at the same time support demanding real-time operational… Read more

Microsoft JDBC Driver 6.0 for SQL Server is now released!

This post was authored by Andrea Lam, Program Manager, SQL Server. We are pleased to announce the full release of the Microsoft JDBC Driver 6.0 for SQL Server! The updated driver provides robust data access to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database for Java-based applications. What’s new Always Encrypted You can now use… Read more

SQL Server 2014 SP2 is now available

The SQL Server team is excited to bring you SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 (SP2). This service pack is available on the Microsoft Download Center, MSDN, Eval Center, MBS/Partner Source and VLSC. As part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our customers, this upgrade is available to all customers with existing SQL Server… Read more