Forrester Consulting study finds cost, business continuity benefits from cloud backup and disaster recovery

Maybe you have read about cloud database backup and disaster recovery (DR) but wanted to know more about the results achieved by real companies. Would you be surprised to find out that enterprises using the cloud for DR reported better success at meeting their service level agreements (SLAs)?  They do. And that businesses using the… Read more

Progressive Insurance data performance grows by factor of four, fueling business growth online experience

At the Accelerate your Insights event last week, Quentin Clark described how SQL Server 2014 was now part of a platform that had in-built in-memory technology across all data workloads.  In particular with this release Microsoft has added in-memory Online Transaction Processing delivering breakthrough performance for applications in throughput and latency. One of the early… Read more

Crutchfield Turns to Microsoft and EMC to Help Transform SQL Server to the Private Cloud

When it comes to consumer electronics gear, audio and video enthusiasts rely on Crutchfield Corporation for excellent customer service and stellar product know-how. Crutchfield powers its information-based service with a wide range of tools for its website visitors, customers and internal customer advisors. To keep improving their stellar customer service, Crutchfield develops most of its… Read more

Financial Services Companies Rely on SQL Server 2012 to Deliver the New Standard in Mission Critical Platforms

In spite of the old adage about “keeping a banker’s hours,” the reality of today’s digital world demands that financial services institutions are available 24/7. For the IT department, this means building systems that ensure high availability and always-on services. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 delivers these key features, and more, making it a natural choice… Read more

SQL Server 2012 Delivers Unparalleled Performance for Telecommunication Companies

The team here at Microsoft designed SQL Server 2012 to be chock-full of technologies that deliver a major leap forward in performance and include a suite of tools that help make performance more consistent and predictable. Thanks to these major enhancements in performance and scalability, customers can rely on SQL Server 2012 to manage their… Read more

Hy-Vee boosts performance by up to 100X, increases competitiveness with Parallel Data Warehouse deployment

We’ve recently been talking about what goes on behind the scenes with SQL Server. While we love to share stories about the nuts and bolts of what we do, our favorite stories are those showing how customers are using our technology to tackle business challenges and achieve their goals. A great example is Hy-Vee, one… Read more

Customers using SQL Server 2012 today!

In my last post in November on Mission Critical customer implementations of SQL Server, I mentioned that we would include some details on customers already using SQL Server 2012.  Over the last few weeks, we have released some of these first stories highlighting customers that are already realizing the benefits of using new features such… Read more

New version of SQL Data Services part of “Azure” CTP

Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicked off this week with a bang. We announced the availability of the latest version of SQL Data Services (SDS) (formerly SQL Server Data Services) as well as the SDK toolkit, as part of the Microsoft Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) Community Technology Preview (CTP). Also announced was the upcoming CTP… Read more

New study finds 162% Risk-Adjusted ROI for SQL Server 2008 Deployment

An independently commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting explores the economic impact and ROI achieved by a healthcare customer after deploying SQL Server 2008. Read the Total Economic Impact (TEI) study here. The customer operates four hospitals and other medical facilities, and handles approximately 500,000 SQL Server database queries daily. Forrester concluded that by upgrading… Read more

New SQL Server 2008 Case Studies

The momentum for SQL Server 2008 continues. Here are some of the latest case studies published: Russia’s Baltika Breweries Links its ERP Databases using SQL Server 2008 Replication Baltika Breweries, the largest producer of beer in Russia, has about 12,000 employees and 11 breweries. Its popular brands have been the market leader in Russia for… Read more