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Hadoop + SQL Server + Excel = Big Data Analytics

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 24, 2013

Few months back, Microsoft announced HDInsight, Microsoft’s Hadoop distribution for managing, analysing and making sense out of large volumes of data. InfoQ connected with Val Fontama, Senior Product Marketing Manager for SQL Server, to know more about how the Enterprise Big Data @ Microsoft story is panning out.

Windows Azure Management Portal with Localization, Database and VM Enhancements

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 27, 2012

Microsoft recently released several enhancements to Windows Azure Management Portal with support for 6 additional languages, database improvements and enhancements for virtual machines and networking including support for operation logs.

Hekaton: In-Memory Transaction Processing Integrated with SQL Server

by Abel Avram on  Nov 09, 2012 2

During the PASS Summit 2012, a technical conference for SQL Server professionals, Microsoft announced Hekaton, an in-memory row-based data management system targeted at transaction processing (TP) workloads. Besides the advertised increase in TP speeds of up to 10x for old applications and up to 50x for new optimized ones, Microsoft touts Hekaton as being fully integrated into SQL Server.

News from O’Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2012: Azure HDInsight, Cloudera Impala, MapR M7

by Boris Lublinsky on  Oct 29, 2012

Several new Hadoop-based frameworks where announced during this year O’Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2012 in New York last week.

Cassandra Storage Engine for MariaDB

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 10, 2012

MariaDB has announced a preview of the Cassandra Storage Engine. This is a plugin that allows MariaDB to access Cassandra clusters using normal SQL syntax.

Introducing SQL Server to MySQL Migration Tool from Oracle

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Aug 21, 2012

Oracle recently announced a new migration tool, which provides an ability to quickly migrate data and applications from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL with less time and effort. The migration tool which has been integrated into MySQL Workbench, allows visual design, development and administration of MySQL databases with an advanced logging and security mechanism.

Node.js Gets SQL Server Driver, Better Windows Tooling

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 14, 2012

Microsoft continues to invest in Node.js, this time by introducing a new, open source SQL Server Driver and new Node-specific features in WebMatrix.

VMware's vFabric Suite Gains Automated Deployment and PostgreSQL Support

by Charles Humble on  May 15, 2012

VMware has today announced VMware vFabric Suite 5.1, adding automated deployment, enterprise open source support, and PostgreSQL capabilities, as well as an expansion to the SQLFire in-memory database.

AWS Beanstalk For .NET, RDS For SQL Server

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 11, 2012

Amazon has announced support for .NET on AWS Elastic Beanstalk and a new RDS service for SQL Server, bringing better manageability to .NET/SQL Server apps hosted on AWS.

Hadoop And Microsoft

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 09, 2012

Want to try out Hadoop with the Microsoft Stack and figure out what capabilities this brings to you? We point to some resources that can help.

In-Memory Databases Reaching Tipping Point

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Apr 26, 2012 7

In-Memory Databases are very near to becoming widely adopted, says David Campbell of Microsoft in his article “The coming in-memory database tipping point”. He also explains Microsoft’s strategy around this space.

SQL Server Drivers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 14, 2012 7

Microsoft has released SQL Server ODBC drivers for the 64 bit version of Linux. These drivers are intended for C and C++ developers using Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux 5 and Enterprise Linux 6.

PHP Support for SQL Server LocalDb and SQL Server AlwaysOn Clusters

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 11, 2012 5

2012 marks the fifth year since Microsoft started courting PHP developers. The popular language can be found in everything from their entry level IDE WebMatrix to the high-end cloud platform Windows Azure. SQL Server is a major part of the overall initiative and they are making sure the PHP drivers take advantage of SQL Server 2012’s new features.

FluentData: A New, Lightweight ORM with a Fluent API

by Jenni Konrad on  Feb 24, 2012 16

FluentData is a new introduction to the micro-ORM family that aims to be more straightforward to use than full ORMs like NHibernate and Entity Framework. It uses a fluent API and supports SQL Server, SQL Azure, Oracle, and MySQL.

MySQL Cluster 7.2 Released with 70x Increased Performance and NoSQL Features

by Rick Hightower on  Feb 15, 2012 5

Oracle fires a new round for the heart of the NoSQL market. This 7.2 release of MySQL Cluster has new features putting it head to head with other NoSQL solutions including REST, memcached wire protocol, NoSQL C++, and standard MySQL interfaces. Oracle boasts 70x speed gains for complex queries using MapReduce like distributed joins. Is the world ready for a MySQL/NoSQL hybrid from Oracle?

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