SQL Server Command Line Tools for macOS released

This post was authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsoft We are delighted to share the production-ready release of the SQL Server Command Line Tools (sqlcmd and bcp) on macOS El Capitan and Sierra. The sqlcmd utility is a command-line tool that lets you submit T-SQL statements or batches to local and remote instances of… Read more

Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 – No. 5: Consistent data environment across hybrid cloud environments

Have you ever seen a tree that simultaneously bears completely different species of fruit? It’s a real thing: apples, plums, oranges, lemons, and peaches all growing on the same tree. The growers have the advantage of a consistent environment (the same tree) that allows them to be efficient with resources, pick the type of fruit… Read more

ODBC Driver 13.1 for macOS released

This post was authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsoft Hi, all. We are delighted to share the production-ready release of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for macOS El Capitan and Sierra. The new driver enables access to SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL DW from any C/C++ application on macOS. Added Native… Read more

Extend your app to support SQL Server 2017 on Linux

This post was authored by Vin Yu, Program Manager, SQL Engineering Microsoft recently announced Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0, the first production-quality preview of SQL Server 2017. To help our independent software vendor (ISV) partners leverage the latest enhancements, we are expanding our Data Accelerator program to support SQL Server 2017 on Linux. Leverage the… Read more

Serving AI with data: A summary of Build 2017 data innovations

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group This week at the annual Microsoft Build conference, we are discussing how, more than ever, organizations are relying on developers to create breakthrough experiences. With big data, cloud and AI converging, innovation & disruption is accelerating to a pace never seen before…. Read more

Announcing Power BI Report Server

This post was authored by the Power BI Team Today Microsoft announced Power BI Premium — a capacity-based licensing model that increases flexibility for how users access, share and distribute content in Power BI. The new offering also introduces the ability to manage Power BI Reports on-premises with the included Power BI Report Server. Power… Read more

A Stand Out Performance by KillaDBA

This post was authored by Nikki Thomas Two weeks ago, we welcomed special guest performer Homer McEwen (aka KillaDBA) to SQL Saturday. The database administrator from Atlanta writes and records songs about SQL Server to help others gain a better understanding of the platform. And although his songs are innovative, engaging, and seriously catchy, it’s… Read more

SQL Server community-driven enhancements in SQL Server 2017

This post was authored by the SQL Server Tiger Team Although SQL Server 2016 runs faster, SQL Server 2017 promises to run even faster and empower customers to run smarter with intelligent database features like the ability to run advanced analytics using Python in a parallelized and highly scalable way, the ability to store and… Read more

Get to cloud faster with a new database migration service private preview

  Last week at the Microsoft Data Amp online event, Microsoft announced a private preview for a new database migration service that will streamline the process for migrating on-premises databases to Azure. Using this new database migration service will simplify the migration of existing on-premises SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL databases to Azure, whether your… Read more

Graph Data Processing with SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database

SQL Server is trusted by many customers for enterprise-grade, mission-critical workloads that store and process large volumes of data. Technologies like in-memory OLTP and columnstore have also helped our customers to improve application performance many times over. But when it comes to hierarchical data with complex relationships or data that share multiple relationships, users might… Read more