Eight scenarios with Apache Spark on Azure that will transform any business

This post was authored by Rimma Nehme, Technical Assistant, Data Group. Since its birth in 2009, and the time it was open sourced in 2010, Apache Spark has grown to become one of the largest open source communities in big data with over 400 organizations from 100 companies contributing to it. Spark stands out for… Read more

Mapping the Universe with SQL Server

This blog post was co-authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, and Rimma V. Nehme, Principal Software Engineer, at the Data Group at Microsoft.   Figure 1: Visible objects of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) DR7 dataset. Over the last 15 years a database helped revolutionize an entire field of science. Astronomical discovery and… Read more

Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 2 of 3

Step 2: Target destinations for each application and workload As you know, the end of support deadline for SQL Server 2005 is on April 12, 2016. In this three- part blog series, we are discussing important steps to take as you plan your upgrade. In our last post, we walked through the importance of discovering… Read more

Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 1 of 3

Step 1: Discover what’s in your database environment Upgrading a database can seem daunting. Fortunately, Microsoft offers exceptional tools and support to help you smoothly upgrade from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database before the end-of-support deadline on April 12, 2016. In this series of three blog posts, we’ll… Read more

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

Get the most out of SQL Server 2016

Blog post series to highlight new features and enhancements available with SQL Server 2016. Data, and the ability to extract actionable intelligence from it, is driving transformation in how we do business today. With SQL Server 2016, it’s never been easier to capture, transform, mash-up, analyze and visualize any data, of any size, at any… Read more

Download the new JDBC 4.2 for SQL Server Driver

We are pleased to announce availability of the Microsoft JDBC 4.2 Driver for SQL Server! The updated driver provides robust data access to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database for Java-based applications. The JDBC Driver for SQL Server is a Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) type 4 driver that implements full compliance with the… Read more

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

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

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