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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.

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.

SQL Server 2016: JSON Support

by Jonathan Allen on  May 28, 2015 3

SQL Server 2016 will finally see native support for JSON.

SQL Server Roundup

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 05, 2015

A lot of small releases were made by Microsoft’s SQL Server team last month. Some of the highlights include Power BI for on-site servers, System Center support for SQL Server 2014, and updated Java/PHP drivers.

August Patch Tuesday Improves Internet Explorer's Security and Features

by João Paulo Marques on  Aug 27, 2014

In their latest Patch Tuesday, Microsoft issued 9 bulletins covering a total of 37 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) spread across some of their products.

Potential for Data Loss in SQL Server 2012 SP 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 12, 2014 1

The second service pack for SQL Server 2012 was recently released with over 30 bug fixes since the last cumulative update. But according to Aaron Bertrand of SQL Sentry, one important hotfix for Enterprise customers didn’t make the cut.

Data Warehousing in SQL Server 2014 RTM

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 18, 2014

SQL Server has been released to manufacturing with general availability set for April 1st. Through this week we’ll be covering various aspects of the new release starting with data warehousing.

More on Indexes in In-Memory OLTP

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 03, 2014

Indexes in SQL Server’s In-Memory OLTP don’t work exactly like normal indexes. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the differences need to be kept in mind to avoid performance problems.

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