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Big data is the marketing term du jour, but what is it really? As a broad umbrella term, it can be misleading, and many so-called “big data problems” are what I would call many data problems. In this session, I will take you through big d...
posted on 09/04/2014 14:52
Since SQL Server In-Memory OLTP was unveiled last November, there has been a lot of conversation and buzz about it. The new SQL Server 2014 introduces memory-optimized database technology for optimizing the performance of OLTP workloads. In particula...
posted on 03/04/2014 18:36
SSAS Tabular Workshop by SQLBI is the training course to jumpstart the modeling of BI solutions with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 using the new Tabular Modeling.Alberto Ferrari  will present the successful SSAS Tabular Workshop, n...
posted on 11/03/2014 08:53
One of the most important tasks of every DBA is developing a good backup strategy. You’ve probably written your own scripts or used the maintenance solution of Ola Hallengren. But where do you store your backups? On your SAN … or on tape...
posted on 21/01/2014 13:14
Unlike most vendors who opt to provide their high-end appliances for a high price or provide a relational data warehouse appliance that is disconnected from their “Big Data” and/or BI offerings, Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehous...
posted on 05/09/2013 15:18

What's Going on in the community?

Does Physically ordering rows inside database pages make sense? A few weeks ago I was asked a great question by Sam, who follows my blog. With Sam’s permission, I am reprinting the question here. Sam asks (my highlights) : We are told that we can hav...
Source: Thomas Kejser's Database Blog (26/08/2014 18:23)
Transparent Data Encryption is a way to encrypt your data in SQL Server. It affects the data and log files of the database. I recently gave a webcast on this topic, and got some great questions about TDE. What versions … Continue reading →...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (26/08/2014 15:15)
When using Powershell I’ve always found it useful to be able to time how long commands/scripts are running for, invaluable when running long-running scripts. I used to do something similar to this in all my scripts: which is rather crude. It also ...
Source: Jamie Thomson (SSIS Junkie) (26/08/2014 15:04)
We are excited to announce the release of a SQL Server AlwaysOn template in the Microsoft Azure Portal Gallery. This offering was announced in Scott Guthrie’s blog post along with several other exciting new features. This template fully automat...
Source: SQL Server Blog (25/08/2014 22:55)
You’ve got a query that’s running too slow, and you need to figure out why. The first step is admitting that you’ve got a problem, but the second step is getting the execution plan. In this 16-minute video, I will show … Continue reading →...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (25/08/2014 16:00)
Last week I was preparing my pre-con for SQL Server Days. I was playing around a lot with the new Azure features because that will be a big part of my pre-con. When I was trying to deploy a database to my Azure VM with the new “Deploy database ...
Source: Pieter Vanhove (25/08/2014 09:49)
One of the things I’ve been keeping an eye on for quite a while now is the development of the Azure Search system. While it’s not a full replacement for the full-text indexing service in SQL Server on-premises as yet, it’s a really, really good sta...
Source: Greg Low (25/08/2014 07:41)
I've been taking a look at some of the 3rd party tools for SQL Server. Today, I looked at DBForge Studio for SQL Server from the team at DevArt. Installation was smooth. I did find it odd that it defaults to SQL authentication, not to Windows but ei...
Source: Greg Low (25/08/2014 06:07)
I’m very proud to announce that kCura selected me to speak again this year at Relativity Fest, the annual gathering of e-discovery professionals. I’ve been doing a lot of Relativity work (here’s a recap of my blog posts about it) &#...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (22/08/2014 16:15)
Today, two new service offerings for the Azure platform were introduced, DocumentDB and Azure Search. These are exciting in themselves and worth a look-see but, to me, they are also occurrences of the phasing out of the “database as an applicat...
Source: Bob Beauchemin (21/08/2014 23:42)

And on a different note

Last week, Microsoft released an updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview. We made more than 200 improvements to the core SDK, including the addition of the Kinect Fusion tool kit, which provides higher resolution camera track...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (26/08/2014 18:08)
Spotify is rolling out an update today that gives you access to millions of songs on your Windows Phone device for free. Spotify lets you discover new music, save, shuffle and share. You’ll be able to listen to playlists you’ve created or playlists f...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (26/08/2014 17:32)
“We have hundreds of SharePoint sites today and we are beginning the journey of migrating all of these to SharePoint Online and unplugging our on-premises SharePoint servers. This will deliver huge cost savings.” — Michael Bouchet, vice president of ...
Source: SharePoint Blog (25/08/2014 18:00)
Going to college this fall? Start off on the right foot with OneNote—the app for digital note taking, which works on any device. In this webinar, we’ll teach students how to get up and running on OneNote. Plus, we’ll show existing OneNote users some ...
Source: OneNote Blog (25/08/2014 15:05)
Over the last months we’ve taken many steps towards enabling search-driven publishing for intranet sites in SharePoint Online. We enabled the Content Search Web Part (CSWP), the cross-site publishing feature, and a new group cache that improves the p...
Source: Office 365 technology (22/08/2014 18:00)
The Azure Preview Portal now supports the automated creation of a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm in Microsoft Azure. You can use your Azure subscription, an Azure trial subscription, or your MSDN subscription to set up your farm. The post...
Source: SharePoint Blog (22/08/2014 18:00)
This post was written by Tobias Klima, Program Manager, Windows Storage, File Systems & Protection. Windows Image Format Boot, or WIMBoot, is a technology that provides significant capacity savings for low-cost devices. The basic idea is that the...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (21/08/2014 22:14)
My dad loves Coke. It’s his beverage of choice everywhere we go. He even has an antique Coke vending machine my mom bought him a few years ago that he keeps stocked with glass-bottled Coke. So dad, I am dedicating this blog post to you because it’s a...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (21/08/2014 00:49)
Copenhagen-based studio Press Play has released the sequel to their award-winning game Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin today. Tentacles: Enter the Mind is now available worldwide for download (free with in-app purchases) from the Windows Store and from ...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (20/08/2014 23:11)
The Agency Group is a global talent agency that services top talent from numerous industries, including music. Brian Mulligan, assistant to the senior vice president, manages bands’ tours, and their show schedules. In the course of his work, he becam...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (20/08/2014 19:04)
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