- 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.
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- 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.
- November 07, 2014
Microsoft previewed a cloud database update and highlighted three new analytics applications at PASS 2014, reflecting its idea of using data to 'understand the past, analyze the present and predict the future.
- June 05, 2014
Microsoft's flagship database is advancing into the largely undiscovered country of in-memory OLTP platforms -- and it's hoping to conquer.
- 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.
- March 07, 2014
Following a request from some SQL Server MVPs, Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2012 SP2 will come out sometime later this year.
- 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.
- January 09, 2014
The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) will hold two SQL business intelligence events in the coming months. BI is big for SQL Server pros.
- October 17, 2013
This is the last Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server until it becomes generally available in the first half of next year.
- October 04, 2013
Microsoft has upped the ante, releasing new SQL Server versions at a quicker pace. How will you adapt?
- 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.
- June 12, 2013
Ovum analyst Tony Baer says that most database platforms are moving toward in-memory features, and SQL Server 2014 is no different.
- June 03, 2013
Microsoft announced that the next version of its database, SQL Server 2014, will have in-memory features and be generally available in late 2013.
- April 15, 2013
Microsoft GeoFlow gives premium Excel users the ability to do 3-D mapping with SQL Server on the back end.
- 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.
- January 08, 2013
Author Brian Larson shares his wisdom and insight regarding SQL Server business intelligence and makes some suggestions for companies new to BI.
- November 14, 2012
Leaders of the Professional Association for SQL Server say today's DBAs have to handle 'big data' and more types of tasks than ever before.
- November 07, 2012
Microsoft plans to offer new in-memory database capabilities with the next release of SQL Server.
- June 27, 2012
Our associate editor, Lena J. Weiner, went to a jam session at Microsoft TechEd on a specific quest: to prove that geeks are the biggest party animals. Read this article to see what she discovered.
- June 26, 2012
Which SQL Server technologies are hot right now? What does a SQL expert wish you knew about SQL Server? Hint: BI and data growth have a lot to do with it.
- June 12, 2012
With Microsoft broadcasting the importance of its cloud computing platform, some SQL Server pros want to use the cloud database service as a backup to their on-premises SQL Server databases.
- June 11, 2012
Knowing your way around the monstrous Microsoft show isn’t always easy, but three show veterans give their take on what works.
- June 06, 2012
Mark Kromer gives tips on what he thinks will be the best sessions at Microsoft TechEd 2012, and also comments on SQL Server in the cloud and a recent Amazon announcement.
- April 18, 2012
One of the strongest versions Microsoft has put out in years, SQL Server 2012 first needs to accomplish a monumental task -- overcome database inertia, industry watchers say.
- April 11, 2012
SQL Server 2012 is here, and the Apache Hadoop integration is making the biggest wave, according to some users.
- March 14, 2012
With SQL Server 2012 released in a “virtual launch” this month, Microsoft data platform specialist Mark Kromer tells us what his favorite features of the new release are.
- 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.
- March 02, 2012
Better SQL Server scalability and lower costs have furthered Microsoft’s reach in recent years, industry observers say, and that’s good, because the competition is big and knows the turf well.
- March 01, 2012
Microsoft technical fellow David DeWitt is secretly developing a data management system that can do the jobs of both SQL and NoSQL databases. Can he bring the two sides together?
- February 14, 2012
Microsoft database platform specialist Mark Kromer talks in this Q&A about Microsoft SQL Server 2012 “big data” capabilities, as well as what SQL Server has in store for open source and cloud computing this year.
- February 13, 2012
With SQL Server 2012 coming out and the growing influence of the SQL Azure cloud and “big data,” the SQL Server landscape could see some major changes in the coming months.
- January 19, 2012
SQL Server data warehousing may have seemed a misnomer a few years ago. But many Microsoft shops with growing data needs are seeing the benefits of native products.
- January 18, 2012
With tool sets still evolving, developers face stiff challenges in integrating data in hybrid SQL Server-SQL Azure environments.
- December 05, 2011
A recent wave of high-profile attacks has highlighted the importance of securing SQL Server. But protecting the database application is something most companies have historically overlooked.
- November 15, 2011
In this interview, Microsoft executive Mark Kromer discusses newly unveiled Microsoft ‘big data’ features and products announced at last month’s PASS Summit 2011.
- October 20, 2011
Microsoft StreamInsight, a complex event processing product, is a stab at a whole new space for the company, and not a bad one at that, experts say.
- October 19, 2011
Microsoft’s master data management product in SQL Server, Master Data Services, drew tepid reviews from users, but the company has high hopes for a revamped release.
- 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.
- September 13, 2011
In this Q&A, Microsoft’s Mark Kromer discusses the company’s preview of SQL Server connectors for Hadoop and the shift to the Open Database Connectivity interface for data access.
- July 05, 2011
Virtualization promises big savings for businesses, and few are decrying its influence. But is it always the answer? Are there SQL Server virtualization risks to learn about first?
- June 09, 2011
Better performing BI systems are invaluable to businesses itching to get ahead. Upgrade SQL Server to a newer version, Don Jones says, and you’ll be a step closer.
- June 07, 2011
It was cloud, cloud, cloud at Microsoft TechEd 2011. Microsoft’s Mark Kromer discusses the SQL Azure, what’s new with the cloud database offering and what’s to come.
- May 20, 2011
Cloud was the word at Microsoft TechEd, but attendees’ interest was rooted in SQL Server Denali, the upcoming version of the database that will be released in a CTP this summer.
- May 19, 2011
Maintaining a SQL Server business intelligence (BI) system may be challenging for many database administrators, but there’s a lot you can do to ensure top SQL Server BI performance.
- April 07, 2011
There’s been a slew of new Microsoft products lately, including an upgrade for Project Atlanta. A company expert discusses this development, third-party tools and more.
- 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.
- August 31, 2010
With the official release of R2’s Parallel Data Warehouse edition coming soon, Microsoft’s Mark Kromer breaks down the management and architecture considerations to be aware of.
- August 04, 2010
Microsoft’s Mark Kromer offers his thoughts on the current state of cloud-based BI and what technologies like SQL Azure and PowerPivot can do for organizations.
- August 01, 2010
Not all certs are created equal, but changes to Microsoft’s certification track over the past few years have left some database professionals curious about what to pursue.
- May 05, 2010
The company has put the kibosh on unlimited virtualization rights with SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition.
- April 21, 2010
The company’s new database release aims to free up information for non-DBAs while also enforcing compliance.
- January 04, 2010
Customers can now upgrade their CTP accounts to new paid subscriptions of Microsoft's cloud-based database service.
- December 02, 2009
Microsoft has shed more light on when customers can expect the latest version of SQL Server, due out in the first half of 2010.
- November 23, 2009
While the challenges of SQL Server virtualization have scared off some organizations, new technologies could make them take a second look.
- November 03, 2009
Microsoft's next-generation DBMS will be released to manufacturing in early 2010, along with two new editions for the enterprise.
- November 02, 2009
Business intelligence could prove to be an ideal specialty for SQL Server DBAs who feel like they've hit a wall with their current jobs.
- October 23, 2009
Cost and scalability benefits might make data warehousing seem like a perfect fit for cloud computing, but storage limitations with Azure could slow deployments.