Category Archives : #SQLServer

16

Nov

SQL Server 2017: A proven leader in database performance
SQL Server 2017: A proven leader in database performance

This post was authored by Bob Ward, Principal Architect, and Jamie Reding, Senior Program Manager and Performance Architect, Microsoft Database Systems Group.

SQL Server continues to be a proven leader in database performance for both analytic and OLTP workloads. SQL Server 2017 is fast, built-in with capabilities and features such as Columnstore indexes to accelerate analytic performance and Automatic Tuning and Adaptive Query Processing to keep your database application at peak speed.

Recently, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a new world record TPC-H 10TB benchmark result¹ using SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016 on their new DL580 Gen10 Server. This new amazing result at 1,479,748 Composite Query-per-Hour (QphH) was achieved at price/performance of .95 USD per QphH continuing to show SQL Server’s leadership in price and performance.

HPE also announced the first TPC-H 3TB result² on a 2-socket system using SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016 with their DL380 Gen Server. They achieved a stellar 1,014,374 QphH on only 2-sockets. These results continue to show how powerful SQL Server can be to handle your analytic query workloads including data warehouses.

SQL Server also is a proven leader for OLTP workloads. Lenovo recently announced a new world-record TPC-E benchmark

15

Nov

Announcing SQL Operations Studio for preview
Announcing SQL Operations Studio for preview

We are excited to announce that SQL Operations Studio is now available in preview. SQL Operations Studio is a free, light-weight tool for modern database development and operations for SQL Server on Windows, Linux and Docker, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse on Windows, Mac or Linux machines.

Download SQL Operations Studio to get started.

It’s easy to connect to Microsoft SQL Server with SQL Operations Studio and perform routine database operations—overall lowering the learning curve for non-professional database administrators who have responsibility for maintaining their organization’s SQL-based data assets.

As more organizations adopt DevOps for application lifecycle management, developers and other non-professional database administrators find themselves taking responsibility for developing and operating databases. These individuals often do not have time to learn the intricacies of their database environment, making hard to perform even the most routine tasks. Microsoft SQL Operations Studio takes a prescriptive approach to performing routine tasks, allowing users to get tasks done fast while continuing to learn on the job.

Users can leverage their favorite command line tools (e.g. Bash, PowerShell, sqlcmd, bcp and ssh) in the integrated terminal window right within the SQL Operations Studio user interface. They can easily generate

15

Nov

SQL Server 2017 Features Bring ‘Choice’ to Developers
SQL Server 2017 Features Bring ‘Choice’ to Developers

Data is everywhere today: in the cloud, on premises, and everywhere in between, tied up in systems of nearly endless complexity. Microsoft solutions allow developers to innovate while also scaling and growing their data infrastructure. In SQL Server 2016 SP1, SQL Server made available a consistent programmable surface layer for all its editions, making it easy to write applications that target any edition of the database.  This year’s release takes it a step further with native support for Linux and Docker.

Microsoft puts the needs of the developer front and center in its data solutions. We have created the most advanced set of tools to radically lower the barriers to getting data – of any type, from anywhere – into the application design and build process. Today with the preview of Microsoft SQL Operations Studio, you can now access, run and manage this data from the system of your choice, on Windows, Linux and Docker.

Committed to choice for both database platform and tools

SQL Server 2017 also makes it easier to drive innovation via a CI/CD pipeline with the support of Docker containers.  Since the Community Technology Preview of SQL Server 2017, there have been over 2 million Docker

10

Nov

Making parallelism waits actionable
Making parallelism waits actionable

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_server_team/making-parallelism-waits-actionable/   During PASS we announced changes to how users will be able to make parallelism waits more actionable – specifically the “infamous” CXPACKET. This change effectively splits CXPACKET waits into an actionable wait (CXPACKET) and a negligible wait READ MORE

08

Nov

New Showplan enhancements
New Showplan enhancements

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_server_team/new-showplan-enhancements/   If you follow this blog, you have seen that in the past few releases we have continuously included a number of diagnostic improvements to Showplan. You can read about some of them here. Looking at the actual READ MORE

03

Nov

Three years in a row – Microsoft is a leader in the ODBMS Magic Quadrant

We’re happy to report that Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems again this year. This is the third year that Microsoft has been positioned farthest in completeness of vision and ability to execute in the operational database management systems market.

At Microsoft, we’re dedicated to helping both enterprises and individuals realize their full potential. Our industry position in Operational DBMS is due to the unequaled capabilities of SQL Server.

The release of SQL Server 2017 brings the power of SQL Server to Windows, Linux, and Docker containers for the first time ever. Developers are able to build intelligent applications using preferred languages and environments, while enjoying in-memory performance across workloads, mission-critical high availability, and in-database advanced analytics. You can develop once and deploy anywhere in a consistent experience across your datacenter and public cloud.

SQL Server proves itself, year over year, to be the least vulnerable DBMS in the industry. Built for security from the ground up, SQL Server offers customers a layered protection approach that incorporates encryption, authentication, and monitoring and auditing at the disk, database, and application levels. Innovative security technologies like Always Encrypted, for encryption

01

Nov

SQL Server 2017 and Azure Data Services – The ultimate hybrid data platform

This post was authored by Rohan Kumar, General Manager Database Systems Engineering.

Today at PASS Summit 2017, we are showcasing new advances across SQL Server 2017 and our Azure data services. And we’re demonstrating how these products – both on-premises and in the cloud – come together to form the ultimate hybrid data platform. Our recent announcements, here at PASS Summit and at Ignite in September are great examples of how we’re empowering data professionals – like our community here at PASS Summit 2017 – to do more and achieve more.

With the recent launch of SQL Server 2017, the first database with AI built-in, you can now run your production workloads on Linux, Windows, and Docker. SQL Server 2017 delivers a mission-critical database with everything built-in, on the platform of your choice. And, it can unlock seamless DevOps with Docker Enterprise Edition containers, bringing efficiency and simplicity to your innovation. New features enable analysis of graph data, and advanced analytics using Python and R. We have incorporated your feedback to add features that will make your day-to-day job easier like Adaptive Query Processing and Automatic Plan Correction by finding and fixing performance regressions automatically.

In addition, SQL Server 2017 running on

30

Oct

Top five reasons to join us for the PASS Summit 2017 Day 1 Keynote

PASS Summit 2017 takes place from November 1 to November 3, in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center. This year’s event guarantees to be an exciting time to reconnect with the community, see friends old and new, and learn about new product features and enhancements. Microsoft would like to invite you to join us for the Day 1 Keynote by Rohan Kumar, which takes place on Wednesday, November 1, at 8:30 AM.

Rohan and the Microsoft Data and AI engineering teams will highlight how our customers and community have shaped the latest products and feature enhancements — many of them based on your feedback. This continuous innovation loop is how we have accelerated innovation across our products and services. But the process doesn’t focus on code, it focuses on you and your requirements. Product telemetry, technology blogs, PASS meetups, all the time and anyway we can, we want to listen to what you have to say.

The keynote will be jam-packed with practical demonstrations, giving you a chance to see your feature requests in action. In fact, there are so many great announcements and demos coming that we made a list of the Top five reasons to join us

30

Oct

Modernize your applications across on-premise and cloud with the Microsoft Data Accelerator Program

Your customers are demanding the latest innovations in every solution you deliver. How do you make sure that your apps meet — and exceed — your customers’ expectations? Leverage the Microsoft Data Accelerator Program, an efficient and reliable upgrade service, to modernize your on-premise or cloud applications. This year, we have expanded the program to support the scenarios below.

Modernize to SQL Server 2017 to begin your journey to cloud

With SQL Server 2017, now on Windows, Linux, and Docker containers, you can build modern applications using the language of your choice, on-premises or in the cloud. SQL Server 2017 offers tremendous performance features for your mission-critical, intelligence, and data warehouse applications. In-Memory OLTP delivers up to 30x faster transaction processing and columnstore indexes deliver up to 100x faster analytical processing. In addition to these features, SQL Server also owns the top TPC-H performance benchmarks for data warehouse.¹ With SQL Server 2017, you can inject intelligence into your applications with transformative insights and real-time analytics at up to one million R predictions per second.² Leverage these latest enhancements while protecting your application data with the least-vulnerable database over the last seven years.³

Modernize on-premises SQL Server or Oracle apps to

03

Aug

Looking for your biggest career opportunity at Microsoft?

Are you looking for your biggest career opportunity at Microsoft? It’s an exciting time to become part of the Cloud and Enterprise team in the Enterprise Partner Group (EPG). As Global Technical Lead for Data Platform I am excited about READ MORE