Strata-Hadoop World 2012 Recap

We just wrapped up a busy week at Strata-Hadoop World, one of the predominant Big Data conferences. Microsoft showed up in force, with the big news being our press announcement around the availability of public previews for Windows Azure HDInsight Service and Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows, our 100 percent Apache Hadoop compatible solution for… Read more

PASS Summit MVP Guest Series: Inspiration for the Year Ahead

Each day “passes”, and it’s closer and closer we get to PASS Summit 2012. To build anticipation for this most inspiring event, we have yet another guest blog post from Jason Strate, an esteemed member of our SQL Server MVP community, to fill you in on what you can look forward to the most from… Read more

Simplifying Big Data for the Enterprise

Earlier this year we announced partnerships with key players in the Apache Hadoop community to ensure customers have all the necessary solutions to connect with, manage and analyze big data. Today we’re excited to provide an update on how we’re working to broaden adoption of Hadoop with the simplicity and manageability of Windows. First, we’re… Read more

PASS Summit MVP Guest Series: Bringing Home the Knowledge

PASS Summit 2012 is heading our way, and there is much to get excited about! Here is your chance to get a first-hand look at what PASS Summit is all about in this special series of guest posts from some of our industry experts and SQL Server MVPs. Louis Davidson has been a Microsoft MVP… Read more

Another Chance! Round 2 of “Win a Ticket to PASS Summit 2012”

WINNER UPDATE: Thanks to all who participated in our photo caption contest – way to bow-WOW us with your snappy captions!  However, a special two paws up goes to @forhakim for the winning caption:  Step back from the database, or I will byte!" Congrats, Hakim!  We’ll see you in Seattle, November 6th – 9th! Last… Read more

Microsoft at Strata-Hadoop World 2012

Several months ago at Strata Santa Clara, we announced how we were working closely with key partners in the Big Data ecosystem to ensure that their solutions run on Microsoft’s Hadoop-based solutions. This year, we’re excited to return in force to the Strata-Hadoop World conference next week in New York. We’ve made great strides in… Read more

PASS Summit MVP Guest Series: What’s Your Hook?

With PASS Summit 2012 on the horizon, we here at Microsoft are getting amped for all the great things in store for the SQL Server community at this world-renowned conference! There are, in fact, so many things to get excited about that it’s difficult to name just a few. And so, we’ve enlisted the help… Read more

Accelerating Data Warehouse Deployments on SQL Server 2012

In order to address the data warehouse needs of mid-market customers, we have been working in close collaboration with Dell to develop “turnkey” data warehouse appliances. We set up a model to leverage the premium data warehouse features of SQL Server 2012 coupled to the new innovative features of the Dell 12th generation PowerEdge server…. Read more

Thanks for the Tweets! Congrats to the #Winner of the Tweet Challenge!

Way to wow us with your tweets, SQL Server community! It was a tough call for us, but after checking out all the great responses to the Tweet for a Ticket to PASS Summit 2012 Challenge, we finally settled on a winner – congratulations to @GarethSwan, who told us that “Winning a ticket to PASS… Read more

Take Advantage of New SQL Database Reference Application

We are happy to announce the availability of StockTrader 6, a new end-to-end reference application for Windows Azure and Windows Azure SQL Database. The sample application with full source code and Visual Studio solutions can be downloaded and installed from MSDN here. The focus of the sample is two-fold: Cloud-connected mobile applications: Illustrate how to… Read more