New Azure SQL Database offerings add capabilities to scale data up and out

Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform MarketingAt Microsoft we’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers by offering choices as they build cloud applications for scale and performance. Today we’re continuing to deliver on this commitment with two announcements: New high performance levels for Azure SQL Database, P4 and P11, with greater flexibility to… Read more

Azure previews fully-managed NoSQL database and search services

I am pleased to announce previews of new NoSQL database and search services and the evolution of our Hadoop-based service. Available as previews today are Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service, and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search capabilities to mobile and cloud applications. Generally available today, Azure HDInsight, our… Read more

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating Optimized Productivity

The 11th episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series is here, and we are excited to be discussing optimized IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with a common toolset. In this latest episode, Tobias Ternstrom, Lead Program Manager discusses the “Sequence Generator.” Tobias also talks about the discoveries… Read more

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating Fast Time to Solution Technologies

In the 10th episode of the Behind the Scenes series, it’s time to talk about reducing complexity and accelerating time to solution with turn-key appliances and cloud offerings. In the episode below, Britt Johnston (@BrittJohnston), Principal Group Manager shares what he has heard from customers recently when talking about the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance… 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

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Organizational Security and Compliance

Welcome to the third episode of the Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, where we’re providing a unique look into some interesting stories and perspectives from members of the SQL Server Engineering Team as they developed SQL Server 2012. If you missed the previous episodes, be sure check out Episode 1 and… Read more

SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing

Exciting news! Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing. Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1. Microsoft also announced today an additional preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service on Windows Azure that will be available in the… Read more

New Video: The History of SQL Server

The history of SQL Server dates back to 1989 when the product came about as a result of a partnership between Microsoft, Sybase, and Ashton-Tate. SQL Server has evolved tremendously over the years and now Microsoft is getting ready to bring SQL Server 2012 to market, beginning with the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event… 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

Join us March 7, 2012 for the Virtual Launch of SQL Server 2012!

On March 7, 2012 we are hosting the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event (VLE), to share the latest on SQL Server 2012 and the evolution of the Microsoft data platform. Through our VLE, anyone, anywhere in the world can simply log in and be a part of this amazing experience – consuming content at… Read more