Enter Our Daily Sweepstakes to Celebrate the Anniversary of SQL Server 2012!

This month, we are celebrating the one year anniversary of SQL Server 2012, and we’d like to give a little shout out to our community to say, “Happy anniversary!” We can hardly believe that it was just one year ago that SQL Server 2012 was released to manufacturing. When we take a look back at… Read more

Seamless insights on structured and unstructured data with SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse

In the fast evolving new world of Big Data, you are being asked to answer a new set of questions that require immediate responses on data that has changed in volume, variety, complexity and velocity. A modern data platform must be able to answer these new questions without costing IT millions of dollars to deploy… Read more

Breakthrough performance with in-memory technologies

In a blog post earlier this year on “The coming database in-memory tipping point”, I mentioned that Microsoft was working on several in-memory database technologies. At the SQL PASS conference this week, Microsoft unveiled a new in-memory database capability, code named “Hekaton1”, which is slated to be released with the next major version of SQL… Read more

Countdown to PASS Summit Series: Q & A with Ross Mistry, Microsoft National MTC Director – Canada

With just six days left until the start of PASS Summit 2012, the excitement is building among SQL Server and BI professionals, and we’re staring our celebration early with a special series of blogs to countdown the six days left until PASS Summit!  Check back here daily to read what we have in store for… 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 SP1 CTP4 Now Available

In late July, we released SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP3, the first public Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1, which contained compatibility features for SQL Server 2012 to support self-service BI capabilities in Office and SharePoint 2013 Preview. Today, we are excited to release SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4 which… Read more

TPC-E – Raising the Bar in OLTP Performance

Blog Author:  Charles Levine, Principal Program Manager, SQL Server Performance Engineering Maximizing SQL Server’s performance and scalability is a complex engineering challenge. Beyond good architecture and well-designed code, we also extensively measure SQL Server to ensure that it delivers the best performance compared to previous versions and other databases. But which benchmarks do we use?… Read more

Final “Be The Next Microsoft Employee” Episode Recap

It has been a fun ride for the Microsoft Reality show “Be the Next Microsoft Employee,” and it’s hard to believe that the final challenge is here and the show concluded today! As you no doubt have been following the show, you can recall that last week Microsoft Judge Buck Woody dropped in unexpectedly on… 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

Microsoft and Dell Release Mid-Market Data Warehouse Appliance

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. More than ever, organizations must collect and make use of this volume of data to analyze overall business strategy and make timely decisions to gain a competitive edge. While large… Read more