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SQL Server maintenance plan options and insights

SQL Server maintenance plans get a bad rap, but for DBAs who need a simple way to maintain databases, Microsoft's built-in tools are a good place to start.

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In GitHub play, Microsoft sets course for open source

The looming Microsoft-GitHub pairing confirms the company's rebirth as an open source friend. Data tools on the Azure cloud are part of the motivation.

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CDS for Analytics brings Power BI, data sources together

Integrating data into Power BI for analysis can be a challenge, but Microsoft's Common Data Service for Analytics technology is designed to simplify the process for users.

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Report Server platform puts Power BI reports on premises

Updates to Power BI Report Server expand the on-premises platform's reporting functionality and increase the number of data sources users can connect to when building Power BI reports.

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    Six essential SQL Server sample databases

    SQL Server sample databases are useful for test and dev, but they can be difficult to parse. Use this SQL database sample overview to decide which to use and how to access them.

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    SQL Server in containers: Not such a bad idea now

    Microsoft now lets SQL Server databases run in Docker containers, a capability that depends on using volumes to store data in a persistent way outside the containers.

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    The looming Microsoft-GitHub pairing confirms the company's rebirth as an open source friend. Data tools on the Azure cloud are part of the motivation.

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    Azure database provisioned for multimodel action

    The ability to provision Azure Cosmos DB throughput at the database level could come with pricing sticker shock for some users of Microsoft's multimodel database.

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    MongoDB on Azure gains in interest

    Count ObjectRocket among those pursuing Azure MongoDB deployments. This open source NoSQL database continues to find traction on the web and in the cloud.

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