The elastic future of data warehousing

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Data Group. Announcing the general availability of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, an elastic, parallel, columnar data warehouse as a service. A defining characteristic of cloud computing is elasticity – the ability to rapidly provision and release resources to match what a workload requires – so… Read more

New Optimized OLTP and Data Warehousing SQL Server Images on Azure

Microsoft Azure continues to offer customers more reasons why  Azure Virtual Machines are an ideal place to develop, test and run your SQL Server applications.  This promise is further enhanced with the release of new workload optimized images for SQL Server that provide greater performance and simplified setup when it comes to running data warehousing… Read more

Real world use cases of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System

This blog post was authored by: Murshed Zaman, AzureCAT PM and Sumin Mohanan, DS SDET With the advent of SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (the MPP version of SQL Server) V2 AU1 (Appliance Update 1), PDW got a new name: the Analytics Platform System [Appliance] or APS. The name changed with the addition of Microsoft’s… Read more

ICYMI: Data platform momentum

The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings.   At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations for handling data of all shapes and sizes, and… 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

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Big Data Analytics and Data Warehousing

We’re back with a new episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Series and this week we’re covering the hot topic of Big Data! In this episode, Saptak Sen, Senior Product Manager, recaps some the conversations he recently had with customers at the 2012 Strata Conference and the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit… Read more

Simplifying Management of PDW Appliances with System Center

SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) is a highly scalable appliance for enterprise data warehousing that enables massive scalability, predictable performance, and complete BI solution at low cost. PDW ships with a web based management console for monitoring the health of PDW appliance and resolving issues. The appliance model and this web based tool simplify… Read more

Microsoft Extends Cost and Value Leadership with New Data Warehousing Offerings

The world of data is changing with businesses facing an explosion in information volumes and the need to mine different data sources and data types. As a result, IT departments must adapt to provide value in this changing dynamic while still under pressure to lower spending. Imagine the possibilities of getting a mission critical, enterprise… Read more

Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals

The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following the keynotes, you’ll have access to over 30+ sessions to learn about… Read more

Follow up to the SQL Server Fireside Chats after the 24 Hours of PASS Sessions

The SQL Server Team held Fireside Chats at the end of the 24 Hours of PASS on September 7-8, 2011 to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions directly to members of the SQL Server engineering team. The engineers answered most of the questions during the chat, however there were a few questions that we… Read more