Real-Time Operational Analytics Using In-Memory Technology

Operational workloads refer to the business transactions that are critical to running a business. For example, a retail store has a transactional system to create or modify new orders, and a credit card company tracks all charges made by vendors on behalf of its customers. These transactional systems are critical to businesses, as any downtime… Read more

Analytics Platform System Update 4 Generally Available

Matt Usher, Senior Program Manager, DS SQL Engineering We are pleased to announce the general availability of Appliance Update 4 for the Microsoft Analytics Platform System. The Microsoft Analytics Platform System is a turnkey big data analytics appliance, combining Microsoft’s massively parallel processing (MPP) data warehouse technology with HDInsight, Microsoft’s 100% Apache Hadoop distribution, and… Read more

Tune in tomorrow and accelerate your insights

Tomorrow’s the day! Tune in to hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and Data Platform Group CVP Quentin Clark about Microsoft’s approach to data, and how the latest advancements in technology can help you transform data into action. Mark your calendar RSVP on Facebook Who should watch? Join us tomorrow morning at… Read more

The Modern Data Warehouse

In recent surveys by TDWI Research, roughly half of respondents report that they will replace their primary data warehouse (DW) platform and/or analytic tools within three years. Ripping out and replacing a DW or analytics platform is expensive for IT budgets and intrusive for business users. This raises the question: What circumstances would lead so… Read more

Countdown to PASS Summit Series: A Look Back at Customers Using the New Features of SQL Server 2012

The countdown continues and we are another day closer to the SQL Server community event of the year, PASS Summit 2012 in Seattle, Washington! With just 5 days left until the official start of the Summit, we are continuing with our special celebratory blog series and “A Look Back at Customers Using the New Features… 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