New features of SQL Server 2012, such as column-based querying, high-availability enhancements, and improved Excel-based analytics and reporting capabilities, have impressed many Microsoft customers, particularly in smaller organizations. This version offers much more than SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in terms of wielding big data sets and supplying valuable business intelligence (BI) information. Organizations seeking to expand their BI platform must consider newly baked SQL Server 2012features, including the BI Semantic Model, Data Quality Services and Power View.
However, the cost and inconvenience associated with migration is prohibitive at this time for many businesses. Large businesses with homogeneous database environments may not be enticed to dismantle their whole database infrastructure in order to deploy SQL Server 2012, despite its many enhancements. Furthermore, not everyone understands the licensing changes that come with this version, and licensing in a virtual environment is even more complicated than usual, though the costs may be reduced.
On the fence about whether your organization is ready for SQL Server 2012? Explore all that SQL Server 2012 has to offer in this guide, which delivers tips, advice and information on its benefits and limitations.
SQL Server 2012 features and tools
Microsoft made several changes and upgrades with the release of SQL Server 2012. The articles in this section tell you what you need to know about its BI capabilities, enhanced security updates, management tools and bonus features, such as Columnstore Indexes.
Learn about the BI Semantic Model and Data Quality Services, as well as three other business intelligence features of SQL Server 2012, in this tip. Continue Reading
Explore some lesser-known SQL Server 2012 features favored by SQL Server expert Roman Rehak. Continue Reading
Gain insight into the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 features Columnstore Indexes and Hekaton in this article. Continue Reading
Learn which types of changes users should expect in SQL Server security with this release of SQL Server. Continue Reading
Industry watchers discuss the BI features of MS SQL Server 2012, including Power View and master data management, in this tip. Continue Reading
This tip highlights the top six time-saving and job-improving SQL Server 2012 management tools you should know. Continue Reading
2Pros and cons-
Evaluating SQL Server 2012 features' pros and cons
Industry watchers agree that SQL Server 2012 is one of Microsoft's strongest SQL Server versions to date, but does that mean it's right for your business? Research and evaluate the best features, including BI tools and data warehouse appliances -- but also learn why experts say this version isn't a game-changer and isn't necessarily right for all organizations.
While SQL Server 2012 offers BI and high-availability strengths, industry observers warn that it needs to overcome database inertia. Continue Reading
This tip examines HP and Dell SQL Server 2012 data warehouse appliances that might suit your business needs. Continue Reading
Learn about the scalability and capacity features of SQL Server 2012 that target applications working with massive data sets. Continue Reading
In this book excerpt from SQL Server expert Brian Larson, learn more about the BI tools available and how they can help improve business decision making. Continue Reading
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How SQL Server 2012 accommodates big data needs
With the release of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft increases its features for big data sets. Rather than go it alone, Microsoft partnered with Hadoop to support the processing of large data sets, a smart move according to users. Column-based querying and improvements to Excel-based analytics are among the benefits to this integration. The articles in this section offer more details.
Users share the ways the Apache Hadoop integration with SQL Server 2012 has simplified ad hoc querying and other big data management functions. Continue Reading
SQL Server 2012 includes a melding of Hadoop with Windows Azure as a strategy to handle the big data explosion. Continue Reading
This article details the changes in the SQL Server landscape associated with the SQL Server 2012 release and considerations like Azure and big data. Continue Reading
4The fine print-
Tips for purchasing, licensing and installation
If your organization is seriously considering an upgrade to SQL Server 2012, you'll want to learn about the pricing and licensing changes that come with this release. The articles in this section offer insights into the details related to purchasing, licensing, installing and configuring SQL Server 2012.
Get insights into the key features of SQL Server 2012 and get more information about the core-based licensing model from data platform specialist Mark Kromer. Continue Reading
Adjustments abound in SQL Server 2012 pricing, including a change from processor- to core-based licensing and fewer editions. Continue Reading
Developers can gain familiarity with SQL Server 2012 by using Express LocalDB, introduced in this tip. Continue Reading
Explore whether your system is ready to take advantage of the capabilities available with SQL Server 2012. Continue Reading
Learn how to navigate SQL Server 2012 licensing in virtual environments. This tip explains the different editions and licensing options. Continue Reading
Explore the Microsoft guidelines for a hardware-software configuration that enables top performance from SQL Server 2012. Continue Reading