SQL Server


Microsoft Rolls Out SQL Server 2019 RC 'Refresh'

A release candidate of the forthcoming SQL Server 2019 product can now be downloaded from Microsoft's Evaluation Center page.

Microsoft: Updated Azure SQL Database SLA Is Industry Best

Microsoft claims its new service-level agreement for Azure SQL Database offers the most guaranteed uptime compared to its competitors.

Clock Winds Down on SQL Server 2008/R2 Security Support

SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will no longer receive security patches from Microsoft as of Tuesday, July 9.

Traditional Database Management Losing Ground to Cloud

The database management system (DBMS) market's growth is increasingly being driven by cloud services, not by more traditional on-premises systems.

Azure Backup for SQL Server 2008 Released to Preview

Microsoft's Azure Backup service can now support SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.

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.

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