SQL Server


Google Cloud Boosts Support for Windows, Active Directory and SQL Server

Organizations running Windows and other Microsoft applications can now take advantage of improved integrations with the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Microsoft Launches Azure Backup for SQL Server

Microsoft's Azure Backup for SQL Server solution, which is used to backup SQL Server when the relational database management system is housed on Azure datacenter virtual machines, became generally available this week.

Microsoft Acquires Open Source PostgreSQL Firm Citus Data

Microsoft this week acquired Citus Data, whose flagship offering is an extension that scales out the open source PostgreSQL relational database management system in datacenters.

Improvements Coming to Azure SQL, SQL Server 2019 Preview

A raft of improvements are coming to Microsoft's database products, including migration support to Azure SQL Database, Apache Kafka Support on Azure Event Hubs, Azure SQL Data Warehouse improvements and yet another preview of the coming SQL Server 2019 product.

SQL Server Cumulative Updates Go Bimonthly

Microsoft is changing a few things in the way it services SQL Server, starting with SQL Server 2017 and including the upcoming SQL Server 2019, which reached the preview stage at last month's Ignite conference.

Microsoft Replacing 'Premiere Assurance' Support with New Security Plan

Organizations using SQL Server 2008/R2 and Windows Server 2008/R2 products can add three years of patch support via Microsoft's new Extended Security Updates plans, the company announced Thursday.

Microsoft Brings Advanced Threat Protection to Azure SQL

The latest addition to Microsoft's sprawling Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) product line, SQL ATP, is now available for Azure SQL Database users.

Microsoft Releases SP2 for SQL Server 2016

Microsoft this week released service pack 2 (SP2) of SQL Server 2016, nearly a year and a half after releasing SP1.

Microsoft Boosts Azure SQL Database Migration Features

Microsoft recently launched previews of new Azure SQL Database improvements that are aimed at helping organizations move their workloads into the Azure cloud from on-premises database management systems.

SQL Server 2017 To Get Monthly Feature Updates

Microsoft's new SQL Server 2017 product, which was launched at this week's Ignite conference, will feature a faster update release pace, the company said in an announcement.

SQL Server 2017 Hits General Availability

Just 15 months after releasing SQL Server 2016, Microsoft on Monday launched its follow-up, SQL Server 2017, during the Ignite conference in Orlando, Fla.

Microsoft and Red Hat Deepen Ties Around Containers, Azure Stack

Microsoft and Red Hat together issued several announcements this week that signal an extension of their efforts around running Red Hat's open source technologies on Microsoft's Azure infrastructure.

SQL Server 2017 Hits Release Candidate Stage

SQL Server 2017, Microsoft's next-generation relational database platform, is inching closer to general availability with this week's Release Candidate 1 (RC1) rollout.

Microsoft Starts Selling 'Premium Assurance' for SQL Server, Windows Server

Organizations anticipating difficulties in carrying out future Windows Server or SQL Server upgrades can now purchase insurance-type plans from Microsoft.

Microsoft Adds 6 Years to Windows Server and SQL Server Support

Microsoft is extending its patching support for Windows Server or SQL Server products by six years with the introduction of new licensing models.

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 Released

Microsoft announced the first service pack (SP1) of its SQL Server 2016 product on Wednesday at its Connect() developer conference, taking place this week in New York.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Hits General Availability

Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft's elastic cloud computing platform, became generally available on Tuesday.

Microsoft Helps Orgs Move Their SQL Licenses to Azure

Companies with Enterprise Agreements (EAs) can now use prebuilt images to move their existing SQL Server licenses to Azure Virtual Machines (VMs).

SQL Server 2016 Becomes Generally Available

Microsoft's next-generation database platform, SQL Server 2016, became generally available on Wednesday as scheduled.

SQL Server 2016 To Hit General Availability in June

Microsoft's next-generation relational database operating system will become publicly available on June 1, the company announced Monday.