Technical Preview: Database Experimentation Assistant

This post was authored by Christina Lee, Program Manager – SEALS Team Overview Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA) is a new A/B testing solution for SQL Server upgrades. It will assist in evaluating a targeted version of SQL for a given workload. Customers who are upgrading from previous SQL Server versions (SQL Server 2005 and above)… Read more

Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 – No. 2: Performance and cost

This is the second blog in a five-part series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts and read the first post in the series, Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016, part 1. Imagine you’ve just bought a super powerful car with built-in advanced technology to make it perform at its highest…. Read more

Build intelligent applications with help from Microsoft App Accelerate

Today’s exec is rudely awakened daily to ever-changing customer expectations. Last year’s huge investments were popular for a few months, but suddenly the “next big thing” is turning attention—and attracting budgets—elsewhere. How do you stay competitive with data and security? How do you ensure your applications scale across cloud and mobile? Microsoft unveiled a new… Read more

Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 — No. 1: Security

This is the first blog in a five-part series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts, which will cover cutting costs and improving performance of storage, BI, and analytics; improving uptime and reliability; reaching data insights faster by running analytics at the point of creation; and maintaining a consistent data environment across on-premises, hybrid, and… Read more

SQL Server next version CTP 1.4 now available

Microsoft is excited to announce a new preview for the next version of SQL Server (SQL Server v.Next). Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.4 is available on both Windows and Linux. In this preview, we added the ability to schedule jobs using SQL Server Agent on Linux. You can try the preview in your choice of… Read more

SQL Server on Linux: Running jobs with SQL Server Agent

In keeping with our goal to enable SQL Server features across all platforms supported by SQL Server, Microsoft is excited to announce the preview of SQL Server Agent on Linux in SQL Server vNext Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.4. SQL Server Agent is a component that executes scheduled administrative tasks, called “jobs.” Jobs contain one… Read more

Introducing Microsoft Data Amp

This post was authored by Mitra Azizirad, Corporate Vice President, Cloud Application Development & Data Marketing, Microsoft Today, I am excited to announce that on April 19, we will host a new online event, Microsoft Data Amp. Microsoft Data Amp is inspired by you, our customers and partners, who everyday are transforming applications and industries… Read more

Gartner names Microsoft a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA)

This post was authored by Rohan Kumar, General Manager, DS SQL Engineering. We’re excited that Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA). Gartner defines the DMSA as a system for storing, accessing, processing, and delivering data intended for one of the primary use cases… Read more

Now available! SQL Server Premium Assurance provides six more years of product support

Today we are announcing general availability of SQL Server Premium Assurance, a new offering that enables flexibility to keep systems running without disruption while modernizing on your own schedule. When you purchase Premium Assurance, you receive “critical” and “important” security updates and bulletins during the six years after the End of Extended Support. This means you… Read more