SQL Server 2012 Guide

This one-page guide will give you all the information you need on Microsoft SQL Server 2012, from pricing and licensing to features around high availability, business intelligence and cloud computing.

Table of contents:

Introduction

SQL Server 2012 was first known under the codename "Denali" when it was introduced in 2010. A year-and-a-half later, it became available for evaluation. And then on April 1, 2012, it becomes generally available. See how SQL Server 2012 got its start, and where it stands today.

Introduction

Database Performance

Features such as AlwaysOn for high availability, column-store indexes for query optimization, and other scalability functions are the highlights around SQL Server 2012 database performance.

SQL Server 2012 database performance

Big Data and Cloud Computing

Mix one part Hadoop, two parts Azure and one part MapReduce. What does it make? Well, Microsoft's SQL Server 2012 big data and cloud computing strategy, of course.

Big Data and Cloud Computing

Business Intelligence

Microsoft's goal for business intelligence in SQL Server 2012 is to make it easier for business end users and IT pros alike. It hopes to achieve that with features such as PowerPivot and Power View, which users can work with in Excel.

Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2012 Pricing and Licensing

SQL Server 2012 pricing includes some significant adjustments, including a reduction in the number of editions and the change from processor- to core-based licensing.

Read Microsoft SQL Server 2012 pricing packed with changes