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SQL Server 2017 achieves top TPC benchmarks for OLTP and DW on Linux and Windows

Once again, SQL Server 2017 has led the pack with three new TPC benchmarks published in April 2019, ranking SQL Server 2017 as the fastest database for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehouse (DW) workloads on Windows and Linux ... continue reading

Ovum recommends Microsoft security to safeguard your hybrid and multi cloud environments

According to a new Ovum report, “[Azure Sentinel]…positions [Microsoft] to be a force for change in a security information and events management (SIEM) market that is ripe for disruption at the moment.” As enterprises migrate to the cloud, they’re increasingly ... continue reading
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Accelerate bot development with Bot Framework SDK and other updates

Conversational experiences have become the norm, whether you’re looking to track a package or to find out a store’s hours of operation. At Microsoft Build 2019, we highlighted a few customers who are building such conversational experiences using the Microsoft ... continue reading
The move to Azure Cosmos DB led to a 4x improvement in average query speeds.

Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB – Part 2

This post is part of a 2-part series about how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real world needs, and the difference it’s making for them. In part 1, we explored the challenges that led the Microsoft 365 ... continue reading
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Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB

This post is part of a 2-part series about how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real-world needs, and the difference it’s making for them. In this first post we explore the challenges that led the Microsoft 365 ... continue reading
Exam review: AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Exam review: AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

When did you last sit an official industry exam? For me, it's been more years than I care to count! But recently, a group of staff at my local Microsoft office planned to sit the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam ... continue reading
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Microsoft Azure portal May 2019 update

This month is packed with updates on the Azure portal, including enhancements to the user experience, resource configuration, management tools and more. Sign in to the Azure portal now and see for yourself everything that’s new. Download the Azure mobile ... continue reading
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A Cosmonaut’s guide to the latest Azure Cosmos DB announcements

At Microsoft Build 2019 we announced exciting new capabilities, including the introduction of real-time operational analytics using new built in support for Apache Spark and a new Jupyter notebook experience for all Azure Cosmos DB APIs. We believe these capabilities ... continue reading
Table comparison of Azure Firwal versus NVAs

Azure Firewall and network virtual appliances

Network security solutions can be delivered as appliances on premises, as network virtual appliances (NVAs) that run in the cloud or as a cloud native offering (known as firewall-as-a-service). Customers often ask us how Azure Firewall is different from Network ... continue reading
Table comparison of Azure Firwal versus NVAs

Azure Firewall and network virtual appliances

Network security solutions can be delivered as appliances on premises, as network virtual appliances (NVAs) that run in the cloud or as a cloud native offering (known as firewall-as-a-service). Customers often ask us how Azure Firewall is different from Network ... continue reading