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

The elastic future of data warehousing

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Data Group. Announcing the general availability of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, an elastic, parallel, columnar data warehouse as a service. A defining characteristic of cloud computing is elasticity – the ability to rapidly provision and release resources to match what a workload requires – so… Read more

Celebrating with Hadoop and Red Hat communities

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft This week I had the opportunity to represent Microsoft in keynotes at both the Hadoop and Red Hat Summits in San Jose and San Francisco, and during that time speak to many customers and members of the open source and big… Read more

SQL PowerShell: July 2016 update

This post was authored by Ayo Olubeko, Program Manager, Data Developer Group. The July update for SSMS includes the first substantial improvement in SQL PowerShell in many years. We owe a lot of thanks for this effort to the great collaboration with our community. We have several new CMDLETs to share with you, but firstly,… Read more

SQL Server 2016: Broader access, better reporting, faster analytics

We want to make it easier for businesses to use their data. Otherwise, what’s the point? In SQL Server 2016 you’ll find a virtual tool chest full of features, all with one primary goal: unlocking your data and helping you create new ways of analyzing, visualizing and sharing it. Building data-rich biz apps The advent… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server Tooling team hosts Ask Me Anything session

This post was authored by Vin Yu, Program Manager, Data Platform. The Microsoft SQL Server Tooling team will host a special Ask Me Anything session on /r/SQLServer, Thursday, June 30th, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm PDT. What’s an AMA session? We’ll have folks from across the Microsoft SQL Server Tooling engineering team available… Read more