- February 12, 2019
Cloud data warehouses see serious data transformation work moving to the cloud. Talend's first integration with Stitch, which it recently bought, reflects the trend.
- November 30, 2018
Microsoft is updating SQL Server and Azure SQL Database more quickly than it did in the past -- and keeping up with the new releases can be a tough task for DBAs.
- November 29, 2018
Microsoft released a second preview of SQL Server 2019 and said users can now run applications in either on-premises SQL Server systems or its Azure SQL Database cloud service.
- November 12, 2018
Microsoft embeds its SSRS reporting software and more-advanced data preparation tools in Power BI, part of a plan to blend self-service and enterprise BI for users.
- November 08, 2018
Microsoft is adding functionality to Azure SQL Database to enable users to migrate more SQL Server applications to the cloud platform and run bigger databases on it.
- October 31, 2018
This year's PASS Summit comes as SQL Server 2019 looms and the cloud becomes a bigger factor. PASS board member Tim Ford talks about key trends ahead of it.
- September 25, 2018
A SQL Server 2019 preview brings Hadoop and Spark into the fold, positioning the database as an all-purpose data portal. Azure Cosmos DB also gets an update.
- August 29, 2018
Talend released software that does bulk data uploads to Microsoft's Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The goal is to streamline data integration and support real-time analytics.
- June 11, 2018
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.
- May 16, 2018
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.
- March 21, 2018
Count ObjectRocket among those pursuing Azure MongoDB deployments. This open source NoSQL database continues to find traction on the web and in the cloud.
- January 17, 2018
Microsoft has responded to the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities with patches and other fixes. But IT teams need to sort out SQL Server performance issues they may create.
- November 21, 2017
Microsoft Connect(); 2017 saw the addition of MariaDB and Cassandra to the Azure cloud database lineup. Also discussed: A set of Spark-based analytics services called Azure Databricks.
- November 09, 2017
Python and R are among the tools in the SQL Server machine learning toolkit. Native T-SQL scoring is also on the agenda, as uncovered at PASS Summit 2017.
- November 06, 2017
At PASS Summit 2017, Microsoft Azure's strides were measured in steps. These include Power BI updates that bring cloud reporting services down to earth.
- September 26, 2017
Microsoft SQL Server 2017 becomes available in October. In addition to a version that runs on Linux, new features include support for Python-based analytics.
- July 27, 2017
SQL Server for Linux has gained added features on its way to general availability as part of the almost-ready SQL Server 2017. Meanwhile, its Windows-based brother is upping its high availability quotient.
- July 12, 2017
Spirited competition is under way among cloud providers as they enhance large-scale relational data warehouses in the cloud. An Azure SQL Data Warehouse update by Microsoft is the latest example.
- May 18, 2017
There are bits of DocumentDB at the foundation of Microsoft's Azure Cosmos DB, a multimodel database that supports multiple modes of data processing.
- April 21, 2017
Python is no longer a database outsider at Microsoft. The programming language is riding alongside R for analytics uses as SQL Server 2017 moves to its second preview release.
- March 22, 2017
So far, data has been left out of the DevOps discussion. But DevOps for databases could grow if tools like Redgate's bundle embedded in Visual Studio 2017 carry through on their promises.
- November 18, 2016
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
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
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
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
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.
- May 13, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Microsoft opened the preview of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a petabyte-scale, distributed columnar data warehouse service with massively parallel processing.
- May 12, 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
Microsoft's recent acquisition of Revolution Analytics could go a long way in solidifying the R language's hold on analytical solutions.
- March 24, 2015
If SQL Server appliances are on your radar, you have options, but the price tag is high. Do your homework before buying. Here are the current offerings.
- November 25, 2014
Many DBAs have to work more and more nights and weekends to fulfill zero-downtime demands. But tools for monitoring and managing SQL Server might free up some of that time.
- March 24, 2014
Consultant Denny Cherry talks changes, misconceptions and what people really want from SQL Server 2014, which is generally available on April 1.
- February 19, 2014
Author and Reporting Services expert Brian Larson discusses features of SQL Server Reporting Services in this interview.
- January 31, 2014
The BI Semantic Model and Data Quality Services: These are two of the five SQL Server 2012 BI features that highlight this database release.
- June 21, 2013
In this issue of SQL in Five, Mark Kromer lists usual features of the upcoming SQL Server 2014, but also highlights a different one: Data Explorer.
- March 25, 2013
Microsoft platform architect Mark Kromer says in this Q&A that DBAs need to start focusing on SQL Server big data technologies to stay up-to-date.
- March 12, 2012
Are you considering moving your database to Azure? Concerned about complexity? Read this tip from expert Denny Cherry. Migrating to SQL Azure might be the easiest move ever.
- October 13, 2011
Microsoft said it will release SQL Server 2012, formerly Denali, next year and detailed its Hadoop-based strategy for handling the explosion of big data at the PASS 2011 conference.
- February 24, 2011
Virtualization may be taking data centers by storm, but what’s behind the trend? In this month’s “SQL in Five,” SearchSQLServer.com asks Microsoft’s Mark Kromer about the benefits and difficulties of virtualizing SQL Server.
- January 25, 2011
Want the inside scoop on SQL Server virtualization, PowerPivot, parallel data warehouse and the upcoming Denali? Microsoft database expert Mark Kromer discuss these year-driving trends and more.
- January 13, 2011
Higher SQL Server cloud adoption with more competition and SQL Server virtualization will get top billing in the SQL Server market in 2011, experts predict. Plus, self-service BI is on the up and up, along with solid-state devices.
- December 21, 2010
Salesforce.com’s upcoming cloud offering Database.com will widen the pantheon of cloud computing providers, but Microsoft's Mark Kromer says SQL Azure can handle the competition. Read on for Kromer’s thoughts on the expanding market, what makes ...
- November 16, 2010
It’s been an eventful year for SQL Azure. In the wake of big announcements at the recent Professional Developers Conference (PDC) and the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit, Microsoft data platform specialist Mark Kromer discusses...
- November 11, 2010
Microsoft gave PASS Summit 2010 attendees a walk-through of its Denali SQL Server release, demoing its AlwaysOn, FileTable and expanded SQL Server Integration Services features.
- November 09, 2010
Microsoft detailed its new parallel data warehouse capabilities and a cloud-based support offering, and also provided a glimpse of what's to come in the next SQL Server release.
- May 05, 2010
The company has put the kibosh on unlimited virtualization rights with SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition.
- April 08, 2010
Microsoft and Quest have banded together to help put development for SQL Server and Oracle databases under the same umbrella.
- October 19, 2009
DBAs and developers have concerns about cloud computing , but enhancements to Microsoft's SQL Azure Database could ease those worries.
- October 23, 2007
DBAs can build a SQL Server index best designed for their database environments by learning about columns, clustered indexes, and more.
- August 02, 2006
Discover syntax differences between SQL Server and MySQL, code for a timestamp automation workaround and why it's important to keep your version of MySQL current.
- November 29, 2005
The five most popular picks on Microsoft's SQL Server downloads site include its free SQL Server 2005 Express, MSDE 2000 and the most recent service packs for SQL Server 2000.
- June 28, 2005
Learn about who can catalog and use assembly in SQL Server 2005 in this excerpt from "A First Look at SQL Server 2005 for Developers."
- June 28, 2005
Learn about permissions, visibility, UDTs and user-defined aggregates in SQL Server 2005 in this excerpt from "A First Look at SQL Server 2005 for Developers."
- June 28, 2005
Learn about SQL Server password policies and credentials in this excerpt from "A First Look at SQL Server 2005 for Developers."
- April 08, 2005
This guide will walk you through SQL Server patch deployment and the various patching options available to you.
- March 21, 2005
So you've decided to secure your SQL Server infrastructure and you don't know where to start. This first guide in a two-part series on SQL Server patch deployment will help you track down those pesky servers before getting them properly patched.
- February 09, 2005
By knowing the critical success factors of a data warehouse or data mining project, the project manager is able to focus on what absolutely has to be in place for the project to be successful.
- February 09, 2005
Stored procedures offer several distinct advantages over embedding queries in your Graphical User Interface (GUI). Your first thought may be: "Why tolerate the added development overhead?" After seeing the advantages, you may change your mind.