• September 13, 2011 13 Sep'11

    Microsoft SQL Server, PDW reach out to Hadoop for big data processing

    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 05 Jul'11

    SQL Server virtualization risks: among all the pros, some cons

    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 09 Jun'11

    Upgrade SQL Server; your BI system will thank you

    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 07 Jun'11

    Q&A: With SQL Azure, Microsoft eyes giant leap to the cloud

    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 20 May'11

    SQL Server Denali overshadows the Azure cloud for attendees at Microsoft TechEd

    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.

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  • May 19, 2011 19 May'11

    SQL Server BI performance for the uninitiated

    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 07 Apr'11

    Q&A: New Microsoft products focus on configuration, virtualization

    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 24 Feb'11

    SQL Server virtualization more than a passing trend?

    Virtualization may be taking data centers by storm, but what’s behind the trend? In this month’s “SQL in Five,” asks Microsoft’s Mark Kromer about the benefits and difficulties of virtualizing SQL Server.

  • January 25, 2011 25 Jan'11

    Q&A: Exploring what’s hot: SQL Server virtualization, PowerPivot, PDW

    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 13 Jan'11

    In 2011, SQL Server market trending toward cloud, virtualization

    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 21 Dec'10

    Q&A: Microsoft surveys horizon as cloud computing providers mount’s upcoming cloud offering 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 16 Nov'10

    Q&A: Staying aloft in SQL Azure development

    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 11 Nov'10

    Microsoft gives tour of new release of SQL Server

    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 09 Nov'10

    Microsoft releases new parallel data warehouse, previews Denali

    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.

  • September 15, 2010 15 Sep'10

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Express ready for install

    Microsoft has upped the maximum database size for SQL Server 2008 R2 Express in what amounts to a major upgrade over previous versions.