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Microsoft SQL Server to Land on Linux

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 09, 2016

Microsoft’s executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group Scott Guthrie announced SQL Server is coming to Linux, thus once more confirming Microsoft’s new course on open source software. SQL Server will be generally available on Linux sometime mid 2017, with a private preview being available now.

R for SQL Server 2016

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 11, 2016

SQL Server is add support for the statistical programming language R.

SQL Server 2016: Identify Regressions with Query Store

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 07, 2015

SQL Server 2016 offers a new tool for performance tuning called Query Store. This holds metrics that let you quickly see when an execution plan change has negatively impacted the database.

SQL Server 2016: Live Query Statistics

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 06, 2015

A database query times out and you don’t know why. The estimated query plan is revealing the problem, so you remove the timeout entirely. An hour later it is still running and you are no closer to getting the actual execution plan. If only there was a way to find out what is actually happening inside the server. With Live Query Statistics in SQL Server 2016 you can now answer that question.

SQL Server 2016: Dynamic Data Masking

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 18, 2015

Data masking is a necessary, but error prone process. You only need to forget the mask one time to leak sensitive data. SQL Server 2016 attempts to address this with a feature called Dynamic Data Masking.

SQL Server 2016: Row-Level Security

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 17, 2015

A common criticism for SQL Server’s security model is that it only understands tables and columns. If you want to apply security rules on a row-by-row basis, you have to simulate it using stored procedures or table value functions, and then find a way to make sure there is no way to bypass them. With SQL Server 2016, that is no longer a problem.

SQL Server 2016: Always Encrypted

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 16, 2015 5

SQL Server 2016 seeks to make encryption easier via its new Always Encrypted feature. This feature offers a way to ensure that the database never sees unencrypted values without the need to rewrite the application.

Plumbr Adds Slow Query Detection

by Matt Raible on  Jun 15, 2015

JVM monitoring vendor Plumbr has added slow query detection to its flagship product. With this addition, Plumbr now detects four types of problems: Memory Leaks, Garbage Collection Inefficiencies, Locked Threads and Expensive JDBC Operations.

SQL Server 2016: Temporal Tables

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 15, 2015 4

SQL Server 2016’s new Temporal Table feature makes it easy to work with data that needs to be versioned.

SQL Server 2016: Stretch Database

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 09, 2015

SQL Server 2016’s new stretch database feature promises to offer local server performance for hot data and cloud storage for old data without any change to the application.

SQL Server 2016: Natively Compiled Functions

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 08, 2015

In SQL Server 2014 we saw the introduction of Natively Compiled Stored Procedures. In 2016 we’ll be able to do the same for Scalar User Defined Functions.

SQL Server 2016: Memory Optimized Tables Made Easier

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 05, 2015

Memory Optimized Tables promise significant performance gains, but tend to be difficult to work with. SQL Server 2016 reduces much of the pain by offering ALTER TABLE support.

SQL Server 2016: Clustered Columnstore Index Enhancements

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 04, 2015

Clustered Columnstore Indexes were one of the two headline features for SQL Server 2014. Designed for tables with over 10 million rows, they allow for good performance on analytical queries without the need to explicitly specify indexes. With SQL Server 2016, they gain the ability to support secondary indexes.

SQL Server 2016: Updatable, Non-Clustered Columnstore Indexes

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 03, 2015 1

Non-clustered Columnstore Indexes are also getting some enhancements in SQL Server 2016. The most notable of these enhancements is the ability to be updated.

SQL Server 2016: In-Memory Columnstore Indexes

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 02, 2015

New for SQL Server 2016 is the ability to place a Columnstore Index on an In-Memory Table.

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