New SQL Server 2014 Logo Certification Program

We are proud to announce the SQL Server Logo Certification Program, part of the Enterprise Cloud Application Logo Certification Programs announced in April. The program is designed to help application providers and ISV partners drive growth through recognition that their applications work with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and global exposure in the Microsoft Pinpoint partner… Read more

Guest Post by EMC: Lightning Strikes Again for SQL Server 2012!

By Virtual Winfrastructure Earlier in February, EMC announced a new server Flash caching solution called VFCache, a hardware and software solution that leverages PCIe Flash technology to extend performance based caching from the storage array to the server. VFCache (codenamed "Project Lightning") increases throughput and reduces latency with a focus towards read intensive workloads including… 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

The Co-operative Group saves millions by switching from Oracle to SQL Server

We talk a lot about the features and technical “how to” behind SQL Server, but our favorite topic is showing real-world examples of how it helps our customers achieve their goals and save millions of dollars. One great example of this is The Co-operative Group and their switch from Oracle to SQL Server. The Co-operative… Read more

The Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour is coming!

CALLING ALL SQL SERVER PROFESSIONALS Do you want Microsoft to come to your city? This March, Microsoft is teaming with PASS to bring you the SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour, a cross-country, technical training roadshow that will take us to 12 cities across America. But this is your tour, and we want hear from… Read more

A closer look at the HADR capabilities of the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance

Hi, I am Steve Wort from the SQL Server Appliance Engineering team. I wanted to give you a quick tour of the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance Optimized for SQL Server. This Appliance is a the ideal solution for consolidating your SQL Server workload. The Appliance is available in Half Rack, Full Rack, and Multi… Read more

Recap from PASS Summit 2011

We had a great week at PASS Summit 2011, a SQL Server and BI user conference. During the day 1 keynote Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Platform Decision, talked about Microsoft’s roadmap for helping customers manage and analyze any data, of any size, anywhere — on premises, and in the private or… Read more

PASS Summit 2011: Celebrating Community

The SQL Server community is, in a word, awesome. I’ve never seen a user community come together like ours does to help each other get the most of the product, learn and share their experiences, and grow in their careers. And I’ve never seen a conference quite like PASS Summit, organized by a fantastic volunteer… Read more

Chat with SQL Server Engineers in Real Time and Win Prizes from Microsoft During 24 Hours of PASS

Win great prizes after each 24 Hours of PASS Session in the “#SQLDenali / #24HOP Challenge!”We are very excited about the 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview event and want to give all of you the opportunity to win free SQL Server gifts by answering questions we will ask in the “#SQLDenali / #24HOP Challenge”… Read more

Parallel Data Warehouse News and Hadoop Interoperability Plans

Today, businesses are increasingly facing a “data deluge,” as the complexity and volume of data grows steadily. Meanwhile, IT continues to grapple with how to manage, store that data, as well as unlock the valuable business insights that data holds.  That’s why last November Microsoft released SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) –… Read more