SQL Automated Backup and Patching Support in Existing SQL Server Virtual Machines

In January, we released the SQL Automated Backup and SQL Automated Patching services for SQL Server Virtual Machines in Azure. These services automate the processes of backing up and patching your SQL Server VMs. In that release, you were able to configure these services in the Azure Preview Portal when provisioning a new SQL Server… Read more

Microsoft Releases Azure HDInsight on Linux and Machine Learning GA at Strata Conference

Today at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft is announcing the public preview of Azure HDInsight running on Linux, the general availability of Storm on HDInsight, the general availability of Azure Machine Learning, and the availability of Informatica technology on Azure. These new services are part of our continued investment in a broad portfolio of solutions… Read more

The Best of Both Worlds: Top Benefits and Scenarios for Hybrid Hadoop, from On-Premises to the Cloud

Historically, Hadoop has been a platform for big data that you either deploy on-premises with your own hardware or in the cloud and managed by a hosting vendor. Deploying on-premises affords you specific benefits, like control and flexibility over your deployment.  But the cloud provides other benefits like elastic scale, fast time to value, and… Read more

Cloudera Selects Azure as a Preferred Cloud Platform

We are working to make Azure the best cloud platform for big data, including Apache Hadoop. To accomplish this, we deliver a comprehensive set of solutions such as our Hadoop-based solution Azure HDInsight and managed data services from partners, including Hortonworks. Last week Hortonworks  announced the most recent milestone in our partnership and yesterday we… Read more

Expanding the Availability and Deployment of Hadoop Solutions on Microsoft Azure

Author: Shaun ConnollyVP Corporate Strategy – Hortonworks Data growth threatens to overwhelm existing systems and bring those systems to their knees. That’s one of the big reasons we’ve been working with Microsoft to enable a Modern Data Architecture for Windows users and Microsoft customers. A history of delivering Hadoop to Microsoft customers Hortonworks and Microsoft… Read more

Microsoft announces real-time analytics in Hadoop and new ML capabilities in Marketplace

This morning at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft announced the preview of Apache Storm clusters inside HDInsight as well as new machine learning capabilities in the Azure Marketplace. Apache Storm is an open source project in the Hadoop ecosystem which gives users access to an event-processing analytics platform that can reliably process millions of events…. Read more

Using SSDs in Azure VMs to store SQL Server TempDB and Buffer Pool Extensions

A common practice on-premise to improve the performance of SQL Server workloads is storing TempDB and/or Buffer Pool Extensions (SQL Server 2014) on SSDs. The former improves the performance of workloads that use temporary objects heavily (e.g. queries handling large recordsets, index rebuilds, row versioning isolation levels, temp tables, and triggers). The latter improves the… Read more

Microsoft Azure Offers HDInsight (Hadoop-as-a-service) to China

Microsoft today announced that Azure HDInsight is now available for all customers in China as a public preview, making it the first global cloud provider to have a publicly available cloud Hadoop offering in China. With this launch, Microsoft is bringing Azure HDInsight’s ability to process big data volumes from unstructured and semi-structured sources to… 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

New VM Images Optimized for Transactional and DW workloads in Azure VM Gallery

We are delighted to announce the release of new optimized SQL Server images in the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines Gallery. These images are pre-configured with optimizations for transactional and Data Warehousing workloads respectively by baking in our performance best practices for running SQL in Azure VMs. What preconfigured VM images are available? The following four… Read more