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Securing the hybrid cloud with Azure Security Center and Azure Sentinel

Infrastructure security is top of mind for organizations managing workloads on-premises, in the cloud, or hybrid. Keeping on top of an ever-changing security landscape presents a major challenge. Fortunately, the power and scale of the public cloud has unlocked powerful ... continue reading

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
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
Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a critical piece of the big data pipeline.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse releases new capabilities for performance and security

As the amount of data stored and queried continues to rise, it becomes increasingly important to have the most price-performant data warehouse. While we’re excited about being the industry leader in both of Gigaom’s TPC-H and TPC-DS benchmark reports, we ... continue reading
Code-free modern data warehouse using Azure SQL DW and Data Factory

Code-free modern data warehouse using Azure SQL DW and Data Factory

Gaurav Malhotra joins Scott Hanselman to show how to build a modern data warehouse solution from ingress of structured, unstructured, semi-structured data to code-free data transformation at scale and finally to extracting business insights into your Azure SQL Data Warehouse.Azure ... continue reading
SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.0 released for general availability

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.0 released for general availability

When I joined the SQL Tools team as a PM back in October 2018, my top priority was to release SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18. I expected a fair amount of work but didnt realize how complicated the process ... continue reading
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Intelligent Query Processing Q&A

In this blog post we’ll share intelligent query processing (IQP) customer questions and answers. This is intended to supplement the more in-depth coverage in the Books Online topic “Intelligent query processing in SQL databases”. If you have additional questions not ... continue reading
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Smarter, faster, safer: Azure SQL Data Warehouse is simply unmatched

Today, we want to call attention to the exciting news that Azure SQL Data Warehouse has again outperformed other cloud providers in the most recent GigaOm benchmark report. This is the result of relentless innovation and laser-focused execution on providing ... continue reading
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Schema validation with Event Hubs

Event Hubs is fully managed, real-time ingestion Azure service. It integrates seamlessly with other Azure services. It also allows Apache Kafka clients and applications to talk to Event Hubs without any code changes. Apache Avro is a binary serialization format ... continue reading
SQL Vulnerability Assessment now supports Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

SQL Vulnerability Assessment now supports Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

First published on MSDN on Sep 25, 2018 SQL Vulnerability Assessment is now available for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. The assessment functionality and experience are similar to that of SQL Vulnerability Assessment for ... continue reading