Today, Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2014 is being released to manufacturing RTM) and will be generally available April 1. SQL Server 2014 delivers a powerful set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid cloud. Top new features in SQL Server 2014 include In-Memory OLTP, In-Memory Columnstore, new hybrid scenarios enabled for Windows Azure, and availability of SQL Server 2014 in a Windows Azure virtual machine. As part of today’s news, Microsoft also announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight with support for Hadoop 2.2 and SQL Server Backup to Windows Azure Tool.
Customers can download SQL Server 2014 on April 1 and learn more about the release and our data platform strategy at our “Accelerate your Insights” event on April 15, featuring keynotes from senior Microsoft executives as well as some of our customers who are deriving value from our data platform today. More information on that event is available here.
For more information, read the Official Microsoft Blog post about today’s announcement authored by Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President of the Data Platform Group. Customers can learn more about SQL Server 2014 here.