Thursday, April 30, 2015

Microsoft Introduces Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Microsoft today announced a new service in its Azure database lineup during its Build developer conference keynote today. The Azure SQL Data Warehouse, which will go into public preview in June, is meant to give businesses access to an elastic petabyte-scale, data warehouse-as-a-service offering that can scale according to their needs.

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Read more at http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/29/microsoft-introduces-azure-sql-data-warehouse/#.rjdbv4:2K0T

Monday, April 20, 2015

Microsoft Halts SQL Server 2014 SP1 Downloads

 

A bug surfaces soon after the release of SQL Server 2014's first service pack, forcing Microsoft to temporarily disable downloads of the update.

Microsoft's attempt at squashing SQL Server 2014 bugs ran into a bug of its own.

The company released SQL Server Service Pack 1 (SP1) on the April 15 anniversary of the database software's launch. Today, Microsoft is hitting the pause button after a discovering an issue.

"The SQL SSIS team has found an issue with SP1 installation if SSIS.

http://www.eweek.com/database/microsoft-halts-sql-server-2014-sp1-downloads.html

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 is now available

One year ago, Satya Nadella spoke in San Francisco to launch SQL Server 2014.  Today, Microsoft has to announced the release of SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The Service Pack is available for download on the Microsoft Download Center. As part of our continued commitment to software excellence for their customers, this upgrade is available to all customers with existing SQL Server 2014 deployments.

Read more at http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2015/04/15/sql-server-2014-service-pack-1-is-now-available.aspx

The World According to DBAs

Database administrators (DBAs) are at the frontline of data management in most enterprises, identifying and often choosing to adopt new technologies. According to a new survey of DBAs, "While Hadoop and NoSQL are exciting new technologies," primarily large companies use them now and they "do not factor into many companies' plans over the next few years." Furthermore, traditional database management systems remain the foundation for information management infrastructure in most organizations, with Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server the dominant platforms for supporting mission-critical data. To examine the database infrastructure, understand the roles of DBAs today and how their roles are changing, Dell commissioned Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, to survey database administrators and others charged with managing corporate data. There were 300 respondents from a wide range of companies representing a dozen industries. Two-thirds came from organizations with more than 1,000 employees. One-quarter of respondents' organizations run more than 500 databases. - See more at: http://www.cioinsight.com/it-strategy/big-data/slideshows/the-world-according-to-dbas.html#sthash.9u6JjSqn.dpuf

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Microsoft Announces GA of Azure DocumentDB Managed NoSQL Document Database Service

Microsoft has announced that the Azure DocumentDB database service is now generally available offering a fully managed NoSQL document database service that allows applications to query and process JSON data at scale. Microsoft has also released a new open source data migration tool to facilitate the movement of existing data from other database systems to DocumentDB.

https://appdevelopermagazine.com/2650/2015/4/15/Microsoft-Announces-GA-of-Azure-DocumentDB-Managed-NoSQL-Document-Database-Service/

Microsoft To Kill SQL Server 2005 Support in 2016

Organizations running SQL Server 2005 will be cut off when it comes to official support next year, Microsoft announced this week.

http://mcpmag.com/articles/2015/04/15/sql-server-2005-support.aspx