Webcast: Upgrading and migrating SQL Server 2005 BI features to SQL Server 2014 and 2016

Please join us on February 3, at 10:00 am PST for a webinar on upgrading and migrating from SQL Server 2005 BI features to SQL Server 2014 and 2016 with guest speaker Paul Turley, SolidQ Mentor and MVP. The following is a post from Paul on why this is such an important topic. Register here… Read more

SQL Server 2014: A Closer Look

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 was announced by Quentin Clark during the Microsoft TechEd 2013 keynote. Designed and developed with our cloud-first principles in mind, SQL Server 2014 builds on the momentum of SQL Server 2012, released just 14 months ago. We are excited to share a closer look at some of the exciting capabilities included… Read more

Insight Through Integration: SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse – PolyBase Demo

SQL Server 2012 PDW has a feature called PolyBase, that enables you to integrate Hadoop data with PDW data. By using PDW with PolyBase capabilities, a user can: Use an external table to define a table structure for Hadoop data. Query Hadoop data by running SQL statements Integrate Hadoop data with PDW data by running… Read more

Disk and File Layout for SQL Server

Guest blog post by Paul Galjan, Microsoft Applications specialist, EMC Corporation. To learn more from Paul and other EMC experts, please visit – www.windowtotheprivatecloud.com and join our Everything Microsoft Community. The RAID group is dead – long live the storage pool!   Pools fulfill the real promise of centralized storage – the elimination of storage silos. … Read more

PASS Summit 2012 Recap & the Milestones of SQL Server 2012

Last week marked the completion of a great week at PASS Summit 2012, the world’s largest technical training conference for SQL Server professionals and BI experts alike. During this year’s 3-day conference, nearly 4,000 attendees heard firsthand about the great advances being made toward managing big data. Over the course of two keynote speeches by… Read more

CROSSMARK Uses SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse to Quickly Deliver Business Insights

With the growth of the consumer goods industry, sales and marketing campaigns have created large and complex databases that are hard to sift through without the right tools. As retailers approach the busy holiday shopping season, they need to have insights into the effectiveness of their campaigns. Retailers need to know what market trends are… Read more

Countdown to PASS Summit Series: Make it Happen at The Summit

It’s closer and closer we get to the official start of PASS Summit 2012, and our celebratory countdown continues! Today, we have more advice for you on what you need to get out of PASS Summit from SQL Server community members Rob Farley and John Sansom.  FEATURED MVP ROB FARLEY Rob Farley runs LobsterPot Solutions, a… Read more

PASS Summit MVP Guest Series: Inspiration for the Year Ahead

Each day “passes”, and it’s closer and closer we get to PASS Summit 2012. To build anticipation for this most inspiring event, we have yet another guest blog post from Jason Strate, an esteemed member of our SQL Server MVP community, to fill you in on what you can look forward to the most from… Read more

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Developing Scale on Demand Capabilities

We’ve reached the ninth episode of the Behind the Scenes series and in this episode Cihan Biyikoglu (@cihangirb), Senior Program Manager, Windows Azure SQL Database Team, pulls back the curtains on how small engineering teams take an idea and develop it into a feature concept, along with the process and challenges of building consensus around… 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