Powering mission-critical performance with SQL Server 2016

Data has become the lifeblood of the enterprise. It’s the foundation for keen insight and effective decisions that lead to business growth. One of our primary design goals for SQL Server 2016 was to provide the performance, security, availability and business intelligence that are critical to helping companies manage their data and identify new opportunities…. Read more

Keep data virtually forever with Stretch Database in SQL Server 2016

This post was authored by Joe Yong, Sr. Program Manager, SQL Server. Stretch Database in SQL Server 2016 allows users to keep as much data as they need, for as long as they need, without incurring business service level agreement (SLA) risks or the high costs of enterprise storage. Unlike typical cold data solutions, by… Read more

Security and flexibility with SQL Server 2016’s hybrid cloud solutions

The cloud is now a fact of business life, and adoption is growing fast. Findings from a 2016 survey by RightScale found 95 percent of respondents are now using the cloud. Perhaps more noteworthy is the increase in hybrid cloud adoption from 58 percent to 71 percent year-over-year. The fact that the cloud has become… Read more

First release candidate of SQL Server 2016 now available

We are excited to announce that our first SQL Server 2016 release candidate, SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) 0, is now available for download. This is an important milestone in the release of SQL Server 2016, as this marks feature completion for most dimensions of the product. It also means a very rich set… Read more

Announcing SQL Server Stretch Database service preview

Microsoft is pleased to announce a preview of the new SQL Server Stretch Database service. With this preview, SQL Server 2016 users can dynamically stretch their on-premises warm and cold data to an Azure service that is engineered from the ground up for compute capacity and virtually infinite storage. Unlike typical cold data management solutions, your data… Read more

SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.2 is available

The SQL Server engineering team is committed to SQL Server 2016 monthly public preview release rhythm. Following CTP 2.1 release last month, we are excited to announce the immediate availability of SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.2 release for download. This incremental release includes new capabilities for query store, stretch database, core engine, temporal, MDS, reporting… Read more