Recap from PASS Summit 2011

We had a great week at PASS Summit 2011, a SQL Server and BI user conference. During the day 1 keynote Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Platform Decision, talked about Microsoft’s roadmap for helping customers manage and analyze any data, of any size, anywhere — on premises, and in the private or… Read more

Announcing the first Database Consolidation & Private Cloud Appliance

First in the industry solution ready for database consolidation out of the box We are very excited to be launching a new appliance to help customers consolidate thousands of databases, and at the same time enable IT to respond to business needs much faster through an elastic database private cloud infrastructure. The new HP Enterprise… Read more

Microsoft’s Big Data Roadmap & Approach

A few months ago, we announced our commitment to Apache Hadoop™ providing details on interoperability between SQL Server and Hadoop. As we have noted in the past, in the data deluge faced by businesses, there is an increasing need to store and analyze vast amounts of unstructured data including data from sensors, devices, bots and… Read more

Join in on the Social Media Activities at PASS Summit 2011

PASS Summit 2011 starts this Wednesday and we’re very excited to share all the great content to attendees and the rest of the community who will be tuning in via the web. The SQL Server and Microsoft BI social teams will be present at the PASS Summit and will be very busy getting the word… Read more

SQL Server 2008 SP3 is now available!

Microsoft SQL Server Sustained Engineering group is pleased to announce the release of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center. As part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our customers, this upgrade is free and doesn’t require… Read more

PASS Summit 2011: Celebrating Community

The SQL Server community is, in a word, awesome. I’ve never seen a user community come together like ours does to help each other get the most of the product, learn and share their experiences, and grow in their careers. And I’ve never seen a conference quite like PASS Summit, organized by a fantastic volunteer… Read more

SQL Server Team at PASS Summit 2011

Microsoft is once again delighted to be a premier sponsor of the PASS Summit in Seattle from Oct 11 – 14, 2011. We are committing our top resources to the most value-packed SQL Server and Business Intelligence event of the year. This event includes informative keynotes from Microsoft executives as well as Microsoft Customer Service… Read more

What’s new in PowerPivot for Excel with SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP3

In Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 we introduced PowerPivot: A self-service Business Intelligence experience that enables information workers to create their own self-service BI solutions and facilitating sharing and collaboration within the familiar environment of Excel and SharePoint. With the release of Microsoft SQL Server code-named “Denali” we bring the simplicity and power of the… Read more

SQL Server 2012 CTP3 Now Available in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

Is SQL Server 2012 cloud ready for Microsoft partners? You bet! You already know that SQL Server 2012 CTP3 is helping customers bridge private to public cloud, but did you know that it is also forming a strong foundation for partner-hosted cloud solutions as well? Now the SQL Server community has another easy way to experience SQL… Read more

Answers and Links for the Questions Asked During the #24HOP / #SQL Denali Challenge

We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in the #24HOP / #SQLDenali Challenge at the end of the recent 24 Hours of PASS Sessions. It was very exciting for us to see so many of you getting involved and trying your best to win! Many of you told us… Read more