• November 18, 2016 18 Nov'16

    Microsoft previews SQL Server on Linux, opens features across editions

    Microsoft looks to broaden the horizons of SQL Server, as it moves some Enterprise features to Standard Edition and issues the first public preview of a release supporting SQL Server on Linux.

  • November 14, 2016 14 Nov'16

    Cask framework aims to speed Azure HDInsight data pipeline builds

    A link between Cask Data's CDAP application and integration environment and Azure HDInsight, Microsoft's Hadoop cloud service, is meant to cut development time on big data applications.

  • September 30, 2016 30 Sep'16

    Azure Data Lake Analytics gets boost from U-SQL, a new SQL variant

    The big data movement has frozen out many data professionals who are versed in SQL. Microsoft's U-SQL programming language tries to get such folks back in the data querying game.

  • July 21, 2016 21 Jul'16

    Azure SQL Data Warehouse brings MPP to Microsoft cloud

    As Azure SQL Data Warehouse reaches general availability, it brings massively parallel processing to a wider audience, and augers more competition in the cloud data space.

  • May 25, 2016 25 May'16

    The story behind free SQL Server licensing for Oracle users

    Microsoft wants to make Oracle customers an offer they can't refuse: free SQL Server licensing if they switch over. The question is whether or not the deal is as good as it looks.

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  • May 13, 2016 13 May'16

    SQL Server 2016 features to make DBAs' lives easier

    SQL Server 2016 is on the launch pad for a June 1 release with a number of notable built-in features along with improvements to some long-neglected capabilities.

  • April 28, 2016 28 Apr'16

    Database trends to watch after SQL Server 2005 end of life

    Two database industry experts discuss infrastructure and analytics trends to consider for database upgrades following the end of SQL Server 2005 extended support.

  • April 28, 2016 28 Apr'16

    Why SQL Server 2005 end of life is good news for DBAs

    Two database experts explain how to take advantage of the opportunity created by SQL Server 2005 end of life and how to build a better database.

  • March 16, 2016 16 Mar'16

    Microsoft opens up to open source with SQL Server on Linux

    Microsoft put aside its rocky relationship with open source and will release SQL Server on Linux in mid-2017. This won't be a simple process, but it could net Microsoft new customers.

  • March 04, 2016 04 Mar'16

    Best practices for upgrading after SQL Server 2005 end of life

    SQL Server 2005 end of life is coming next month. Experts explain which version of SQL Server to upgrade to, and where in the migration process organizations need to be.

  • February 02, 2016 02 Feb'16

    An easier way to set up SQL Server on an Azure virtual machine

    Microsoft offers a simpler way to configure SQL Server on an Azure virtual machine. Added automation should help speed up the connecting and provisioning process.

  • October 21, 2015 21 Oct'15

    The Azure SQL Data Warehouse gains an auditing feature

    Microsoft announced that it had enabled an auditing feature for the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The new feature has many benefits, but storing audit logs won't be free.

  • July 09, 2015 09 Jul'15

    Limited public preview opens for Azure SQL Data Warehouse

    Microsoft opened the preview of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a petabyte-scale, distributed columnar data warehouse service with massively parallel processing.

  • May 12, 2015 12 May'15

    SQL Server 2016 preview announced for summer 2015

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the SQL Server 2016 preview for this summer. Its new features model the ethos of "mobile first, cloud first."

  • May 07, 2015 07 May'15

    Will the R language benefit from Microsoft acquisition?

    Microsoft's recent acquisition of Revolution Analytics could go a long way in solidifying the R language's hold on analytical solutions.