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Around the clock with Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory

On February 3-4, the Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory teams are partnering on a learning event for the community to come together to learn about Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory, meet the engineering teams behind these services, and ... continue reading

More ways to save when you migrate SQL Server data to Azure SQL

A new normal is emerging globally as businesses restart or rebuild in the face of rapidly changing conditions. To keep up with the pace of change and address new opportunities that arise, businesses are looking to the cloud for ways ... continue reading
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Premier Offerings: An Introduction to Power BI Related Offerings

In this series of articles, we will present Premier Services Offerings around Power BI. In this first one we will succinctly present them all, but we will publish other articles to deep dive on those different offers highlighting their values ... continue reading
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Compute-optimized Fsv2 hardware in Azure SQL Database

Executive summary For CPU-bound workloads, Fsv2 can improve query response time and workload throughput by 20-40%, compared to Gen5 hardware. What is Fsv2-series hardware? At the Ignite conference in November 2019, we introduced the preview of two new hardware generations ... continue reading
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How to develop and submit Spark jobs to SQL Server Big Data Clusters in IntelliJ

Were delighted to release the Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ support for SQL Server Big Data Cluster Spark job development and submission. For first-time Spark developers, it can often be hard to get started and build their first application, with long ... continue reading

Server Virtualization w/ Windows Server Hyper-V & System Center Jump Start

First published on MSDN on Nov 08, 2013 Add Hyper-V to your server virtualization skillset and improve your career options: Register for this free course, led by Microsoft experts Symon Perriman and Corey Hynes: Server Virtualization w/ Windows Server Hyper-V ... continue reading
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Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 2 Troubleshooting

Testing guidelines for S2D cluster network and storage components in a common configuration. Instructions on health monitoring included. Part 2 of 4.continue reading
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Processing trillions of events per day with Apache Kafka on Azure

This blog is co-authored by Noor Abani and Negin Raoof, Software Engineer, who jointly performed the benchmark, optimization and performance tuning experiments under the supervision of Nitin Kumar, Siphon team, AI Platform. Our sincere thanks to Dhruv Goel and Uma ... continue reading

Get up to speed with Azure HDInsight: The comprehensive guide

Azure HDInsight is an easy, cost-effective, enterprise-grade service for open source analytics. With HDInsight, you get managed clusters for various Apache big data technologies, such as Spark, MapReduce, Kafka, Hive, HBase, Storm and ML Services backed by a 99.9% SLA ... continue reading
DBA essentials—SQL Server 2017 security, performance tuning, and more—inside out

DBA essentials—SQL Server 2017 security, performance tuning, and more—inside out

Whether youre an experienced DBA with multiple certifications or just starting on your SQL Server DBA journey, you face challenges constantly for putting your organizations data to work. To turn the next-to-impossible into the practical, you need a comprehensive resource ... continue reading