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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?

As most websites do, we collect analytics on the people visiting our site http://www.sqldownunder.com I thought it might be interesting to share the breakdown of visitors to our site. Keep in mind that we have a primarily Microsoft-oriented audienc...
Source: Greg Low (30/10/2014 05:36)
I had the pleasure of recording another SQL Down Under show today. Show 64 features Microsoft Azure DocumentDB product group member discussing Azure DocumentDB and what SQL Server DBAs and developers need to know about it. JSON-based storage has be...
Source: Greg Low (30/10/2014 02:55)
Fujitsu recently posted a new TPC-E benchmark result of 3777.08 for SQL Server 2014, using a two-socket server with the 18-core, 22nm Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 (Haswell-EP) processor. This is the highest ever actual TPC-E score for a two-socket server, w...
Source: Glenn Berry (29/10/2014 21:33)
Over the last year, I’ve delivered a number of partner enablement events for Microsoft. These events are low cost training sessions that run for three days. Days 1 and 2 cover SQL Server 2014 content, mostly regarding in-memory OLTP, clustered column...
Source: Greg Low (29/10/2014 17:08)
We’re a group of specialists and teachers here at Brent Ozar Unlimited. But we didn’t start that way– we started out as engineers and developers. So what was it that changed our career trajectories? For each of us, we had … Co...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (29/10/2014 14:00)
This blog post is authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Machine Learning at Microsoft. Today, I am excited to announce three new services: Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Data Factory and Azure Event Hubs. These services continue ...
Source: SQL Server Blog (29/10/2014 08:01)
  When I installed CU4 for SQL Server 2014, I started to receive an error in SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) every time I connected to a database server: It was interesting that it was a type that wasn’t being found in Microsoft.SqlServe...
Source: Greg Low (29/10/2014 02:11)
It’s great to see that the Connect site leading to fixes in the product. I was really pleased when SQL Server Data Tools for BI appeared for Visual Studio 2013. What I wasn’t pleased about where a number of UI issues that came with that version. In...
Source: Greg Low (29/10/2014 00:16)
Just one week from now, PASS Summit will bring together the #SQLFamily in Seattle for the best week of SQL Server and BI learning and networking on the calendar, Nov. 4-7. With a record 200+ technical sessions across 3 jam-packed days of connecting a...
Source: SQL Server Blog (28/10/2014 17:00)
Today at TechEd Europe 2014 Miguel Llopis made the first public show of Power Query support for Analysis Services.This is still not available, but it should be released soon (hopefully it will be our Christmas gift!).Here is a list of features shown:...
Source: Marco Russo (28/10/2014 16:12)

And on a different note

After announcing new 8-inch and 10-inch YOGA Tablet 2 models earlier this month, today Lenovo is announcing a new 13-inch model. Like the 8-inch and 10-inch models, the YOGA Tablet 2 13-inch has four distinct modes: Hold, Stand, Tilt, and the newest ...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (30/10/2014 04:28)
Today we are announcing a new platform called Microsoft Health that is designed to make it easier for you to track your personal fitness and give you a more holistic view into your fitness activities. Microsoft Health will unite data like steps, calo...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (30/10/2014 04:07)
As we announced yesterday, driving innovations in security capabilities of Office 365 is a top priority. We understand that the security of your data is important and we’ll continue to be transparent about our approach. To that end, we wanted to shar...
Source: Office 365 technology (29/10/2014 18:00)
If your company has deployed Office 365 and it has a central monitoring solution that enables you to continually look at the health of your IT services in one unified place—such as a help desk, reporting dashboard or other solution—there’s good news....
Source: Office 365 technology (29/10/2014 17:00)
HP has unveiled a powerful and innovative new immersive computing platform today that comes with Windows 8.1 and a Natural User Interface (NUI) experience that lets you physically interact with the digital world. I haven’t seen an All-in-One before t...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (29/10/2014 16:19)
The OneDrive app for Windows Phone received a pretty awesome update today. It has been redesigned to make it really easy for you to find and open the files and folders you’re looking for. The new “navigation drawer” gives you quick access to recent f...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (28/10/2014 21:31)
Successful conferences require immense planning and organization; EventDay, a set of powerful mobile apps, empowers conference organizers to maintain control of the planned program, and operate efficiently while helping attendees manage their schedul...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (28/10/2014 20:07)
Fall is here—at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere—and the days are getting shorter. That means you’ll have to finish your work more quickly if you want to get outside and catch a few rays of sunshine before it gets dark. We want to hel...
Source: OneNote Blog (28/10/2014 17:15)
Today, at TechEd Europe, we are pleased to announce the next set of innovations in security, privacy and compliance capabilities of Office 365, including mobile device management capabilities for Office 365, expansion of data loss prevention (DLP) te...
Source: Office 365 technology (28/10/2014 08:30)
Fitbit has updated their app for Windows Phone 8.1 today bringing Cortana integration, challenges, and MobileTrack support.   With Cortana, you can now quickly log any of the 350,000 foods in the Fitbit database simply by saying something like “Fitbi...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (28/10/2014 05:37)
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