SQL Server 2012 SP3 is now available!

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3. The Service Pack is available for download on the Microsoft Download Center, MSDN, MBS/Partner Source and VLSC. As part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our customers, this upgrade is available to all customers with existing SQL Server 2012 deployments…. Read more

Companies Improve their Bottom Line by Switching to Microsoft Big Data Technology

Here on the SQL Server Blog, we spend a lot of time talking about the features and technical “how to” behind our products. The only thing we love more than getting into the details of our products is sharing real-world examples of how they help our customers achieve business goals. There’s been a few great… Read more

Leveraging Flash across the Microsoft SQL Server Stack

Guest blog post by @SamMarraccini of EMC Corporation.  To read more from Sam, please visit Sam’s blog at www.insideflash.com. Flash technology is changing everything, nothing new there. Chances are the device you are reading this BLOG on contains some type of Flash memory. Within the datacenter, it has been well documented that the increasing performance… Read more

Viewing and Interacting with SSRS Reports on an iPad

This video demonstrates how to view a Reporting Services report on an Apple iPad that has Apple iOS 6 and Apple Safari. You’ll learn how to access reports from the report server and from email, use touch to collapse and expand row groups, sort columns, and filter data using parameters, and export the report to… Read more

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

Make Yourself More Marketable at Certified Career Day

Did you know that 40% of workers believe that certification helped them find a job or led to a promotion? Certification has never been more critical for staying on top of future trends, including big data, in-memory technologies and cloud based & hybrid architectures—and, to keep you from saying these words: “It can’t be done.”… Read more

PASS BAC Preview Series: Self-Service BI from Excel 2013

In today’s world of information, the way we experience data can have enormous impact on the meaning of data. The first step in analyzing and exploring data is to decide how to explore it, shape it, format it, and create the visualizations that will give deeper insight into your business. A part of the Microsoft… Read more

Show Off Your SQL Server Spirit With Community Badges

Being part of the SQL Server community is a fantastic thing! Not only do you have the technical support of a global community, but you also have the strength the SQL Server community behind you offline as well! We know the power of the community – we’ve seen the #SQLFamily reach out to each other… Read more

What’s Your Favorite Feature of SQL Server 2012?

PASS Summit in November was a perfect opportunity to catch up with SQL Server community members to ask them about their favorite features of SQL Server 2012. We caught up with many of them at a local restaurant and captured their responses in this video to kick off Quentin Clark’s keynote. Perhaps not surprisingly, the… Read more

How Fast is Project Codenamed “Hekaton” – It’s ‘Wicked Fast’!

Recently I posted a video about how the SQL Server Community was looking into emerging trends in BI and Database technologies – one of the key technologies mentioned in that video was in-memory. Many Microsoft customers have been using in-memory technologies as part of SQL Server since 2010 including xVelocity Analytics, xVelocity Column Store and… Read more