Revolutionizing City Planning in the 21st Century with Windows Azure, HDInsight, and SQL Server

If you’ve ever played a video game where you manage a virtual city, you understand how real-time insight into services including emergency response teams and transportation is needed for effective city planning. Until recently, the technologies just weren’t available to support this kind of detailed “big picture” view enjoyed by gamers. However, now that Big… Read more

Customers get Faster and Better Insight into More Data from More Sources with Windows Azure HDInsight Service

Collecting Big Data is significant only if you can make use of it. With Windows Azure HDInsight Service, organizations can use Apache Hadoop clusters in Windows Azure. Combining the Microsoft platform with open-source tools like Hadoop equates to unprecedented insight into more data, from more sources, in any format—structured and unstructured. Here are a few… Read more

Windows Azure HDInsight Released for GA

Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based distribution of Hadoop. Further expanding on Microsoft’s big data strategy, Microsoft CVP Quentin Clark will deliver a keynote at O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World tomorrow, where he will discuss Microsoft’s vision to democratize big data by providing easy to use tools and a… Read more

A Look Back at PASS Summit 2013

PASS Summit 2013 has been over for a little more than a week and we are already looking forward to what's next in 2014. PASS Summit is the world’s largest and most-intensive conference for Microsoft SQL Server and BI professionals and it just keeps growing!  We are pleased to have had over 5,000 registrations for… Read more

Backup and Restore Enhancements in SQL Server 2014 CTP2

SQL Server 2014 CTP2 includes three SQL Server Backup and Restore enhancements.  These enhancements enable using Windows Azure for backups, providing options to ease and automate backup management, and improved security for backups through encryption.  In addition, to enable backup to Windows Azure from previous versions of SQL Server, a stand-alone tool is now available.  A… Read more

Smart, Secure, Cost-Effective: SQL Server Back Up to Windows Azure

Microsoft recently announced several new ways to back up and recover SQL Server databases with Windows Azure.  These features, now available in SQL Server 2014 CTP2 and as a standalone tool for prior versions, provide an easy path to cloud backup and disaster recovery for on-premises SQL Server databases.  The capabilities for backing up to… Read more

Customers Gain Roadmap for the Future with Microsoft, SQL Server 2014 and In-Memory OLTP

There’s a lot of excitement around the In-Memory OLTP database engine in SQL Server 2014—and for good reason. Many companies are already realizing impressive performance gains by using it. Here are just a few examples: Edgenet manages data for Fortune 500 firms, and its success depends on updating clients’ databases so that they accurately reflect… Read more

Cloud Data Warehousing – The Fastest Time To Value

In the past, deploying a data warehouse has been a costly affair.  IT departments required expertise to procure and build state-of-the-art hardware servers (that are optimally balanced from a CPU, storage and I/O perspective) as well as install software that is tuned for optimal performance.  Prior to even loading data into the system, you could… Read more

SQL Server 2014 CTP 2 Now Available

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2 was announced by Quentin Clark during the Microsoft SQL PASS 2013 keynote.  This second public CTP is essentially feature complete and enables you to try and test all of the capabilities of the full SQL Server 2014 release. Below you will find an overview of SQL Server 2014 as well… Read more

SQL Server 2014: Pushing the Boundaries of In-Memory Performance

This morning, during my keynote at the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) Summit 2013, I discussed how customers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for businesses today using the advanced technologies in our data platform. It was my pleasure to announce the second Community Technology Preview (CTP2) of SQL Server 2014 which features… Read more