Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Backup and Restore Enhancements

SQL Server 2014 CTP2 includes three SQL Server Backup and Restore enhancements.  These enhancements enables using Windows Azure for backups, providing options to ease and automate backup management, and improved security for backups through encryption. In addition, to enable backup to Windows Azure from previous versions of SQL Server, a stand-alone tool is now available…. Read more

Pushing the Boundaries with SQL Server 2014 CTP2

We are pushing the boundaries of our data platform with breakthrough performance, cloud capabilities and the pace of delivery to our customers. Last year at PASS Summit, we announced our In-Memory OLTP project “Hekaton” and since then released SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse and public previews of Windows Azure HDInsight and Power BI for… Read more

Microsoft and Oracle Deliver Enterprise-grade Cloud Software and Services

For years Microsoft and Oracle have helped customers address enterprise technology needs, and during those years I’ve had the opportunity to personally partner with, compete with, and admire Oracle as an industry leader. Certainly when you think of enterprise scalability and reliability Oracle comes to mind, and I believe the Microsoft clouds also deliver the… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server security features in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

With the availability of SQL Server 2008 R2 enterprise edition and SQL Server 2012 enterprise edition in Windows Azure Virtual Machines, you now have the option to take advantage of our Enterprise level features such as SQL Server Audit and Transparent Data Encryption in pre-configured, ready-to-deploy, per-minute-billed Windows Azure Virtual Machines!  MORE… Read more

SQL Server 2014’s In-Memory OLTP Architecture

At the SQL PASS conference last November, we announced the In-memory OLTP database technology (code-named “Hekaton”) for a future SQL Server release. Microsoft’s technical fellow Dave Campbell’s blog provided a broad overview of the motivation and design principles behind the technology and discussed four architectural principles: (1) optimize for main memory data access, (2) Accelerate… Read more

AlwaysOn with the SQL Server 2014 Preview

AlwaysOn encompasses the SQL Server solutions for mission-critical high availability and disaster recovery. Two solutions were included under the AlwaysOn umbrella in SQL Server 2012: Availability Groups and Failover Cluster Instances. Each solution has different characteristics, making them appropriate for different scenarios, and both can be combined in the same deployment. In SQL Server 2014,… Read more

Going Deep with Windows Server, SQL Server and System Center

We hope everyone is enjoying TechEd Europe 2013 and the host city of Madrid, Spain.  It’s a beautiful city with a rich history. We’re trying to write some history of our own this year at both TechEd conferences. There are some amazing advances coming from the Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Intune product… Read more

TechEd Europe Opens with Product Preview Availability

Welcome to TechEd Europe 2013 being held in Madrid, Spain June 25-28, 2013.  We have a lot of information to share this week on Microsoft products and services that comprise our Cloud OS vision. In addition to the great session content, we also have announcements as well as partner and customer information we think you… Read more