Last Chance to Add to the #SQLFamily

For the past couple of weeks we’ve been asking you to submit stories about how the #SQLFamily gives back to you. In exchange for each submission we’ve received, we’ll be donating $50 to the Pragmatic Works Foundation to provide SQL training to veterans, the jobless and the underemployed. Tomorrow is your last chance to submit!… Read more

Final Countdown for #SQLFamily Gives Back

There are only a two days left until the New Year, which means your last chance to submit a #SQLFamily story and contribute to the Pragmatic Works Foundation drive is fast approaching. All submissions are due by December 31st, 2011 at 11:59pm PST, and there is still an opportunity to help us reach our goal… Read more

Keep the #SQLFamily stories coming!

The holidays are here and the “#SQLFamily Gives Back” Campaign is continuing to pick up steam. The SQL Server community has raised $1,300, which will allow for 26 people to receive SQL training! Thank you to everyone who submitted this week! There is still plenty of time to submit your story. Doing so by December… Read more

Cloud Service Providers are Going “Live” with SQL Server 2012 RC0

A few months back we announced SQL Server 2012 availability on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Since that time we are seeing more momentum worldwide as other service provider partners are going live with SQL Server 2012 for their customers in their cloud leveraging the latest SQL Server 2012 RC0 release. A few examples we… Read more

#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 technical training to veterans, the… Read more

Availability of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Hadoop based Service on Windows Azure

In October at the PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft announced expanded investments in “Big Data”, including a new Apache Hadoop™ based distribution for Windows Server and service for Windows Azure. In doing so, we extended Microsoft’s leadership in BI and Data Warehousing, enabling our customers to glean and manage insights for any data, any size, anywhere…. Read more

Help the #SQLFamily Give Back

Back in November, the SQL Server team witnessed an outpouring of support for the #SQLFamily meme started by Thomas LaRock (aka @SQLRockstar) and Karen Lopez (@datachick). For an installment of SQL Rockstar’s “Meme Monday,” they asked the SQL community to share the meaning behind #SQLFamily. The responses were heartwarming and painted a picture of a… Read more

Announcing Microsoft Codename “Data Transfer” Lab

We are pleased to announce the release of the Microsoft Codename “Data Transfer” Lab. Microsoft Codename “Data Transfer” is an easy-to-use Web application to import your data into SQL Azure or Blob storage. Whether you’re: Preparing data for cloud analytics Uploading files to power your Azure service or Web application Propagating your data to SQL… Read more

The First Private Cloud Appliance

What’s inside the new HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance? On Sept 13th, we launched the new HP Database Consolidation Appliance which supports deploying 1000’s of workloads in a private cloud infrastructure. The solution is specifically designed for I/O intensive workloads and can load balance a complex mix of workloads across multiple racks that are required… Read more

SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB RC0 Now Available

We are pleased to announce that SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB Release Candidate 0 is now available for download. Try it here today! LocalDB is a new version of Express created specifically for developers. It is very easy to install and requires no management, yet it offers the same T-SQL language, programming surface and client-side… Read more