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Unlock your free Azure replica for SQL Server with DH2i

Are you aware that you may be entitled to a free SQL Server license in the cloud for disaster recovery? Recently-announced licensing benefits enable this scenario, and a third-party offering from DH2i can help you set up this configuration to ... continue reading
Are You Ready for Cloud Only?

Are You Ready for Cloud Only?

Recently I was approached by a customer on concerns and possibilities around going from on-premises to hybrid to cloud only. The customer had successfully gone through the hybrid scenario and was able to remove all known dependencies with their on-premises ... continue reading

Data Exposed | Elastic Jobs in Azure SQL Database (Part 2)

In the second part of this two-part video series, Kate Smith discusses what two things you should understand before beginning with Azure SQL Database Elastic Jobs: Idempotence, and Credentials. We explain why they are important and how to think about ... continue reading
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Endpoint Configuration Manager – Site Server High Availability

Overview Endpoint Configuration Manager (Current Branch), supports high availability configurations through various options, which include but are not limited to the following: Any standalone primary site can now have an additional passive mode.* site server Remote content library* SQL Server ... continue reading
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Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL is now open source

Accelerating big data analytics with the Spark connector for SQL ServerWe’re happy to announce that we have open–sourced the Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL on GitHub. Born out of Microsoft's SQL Server Big Data Clusters investments, ... continue reading
Failover Clustering Networking Basics and Fundamentals

Failover Clustering Networking Basics and Fundamentals

My name is John Marlin and I am with the High Availability and Storage Team here and today I want to talk about Failover Clustering and Networking. Networking is a fundamental key with Failover Clustering that sometimes is overlooked but ... continue reading

Data Exposed | Elastic Jobs in Azure SQL Database – Part 1

In the first part of this two-part video series, Kate Smith gives an introduction to what Azure SQL Database Elastic jobs are, and when you should consider using them, as well as what products support Elastic Jobs. Watch on Data ... continue reading
Augmenting Azure Advisor Cost Recommendations for Automated Continuous Optimization – Part 2

Augmenting Azure Advisor Cost Recommendations for Automated Continuous Optimization – Part 2

This is the second post of a series dedicated to the implementation of automated Continuous Optimization with Azure Advisor Cost recommendations. For a contextualization of the solution described in this and following posts, please read the introductory post. Introduction As ... continue reading

Seven ways to achieve cost savings and deliver efficiencies with Azure infrastructure

The global health crisis has transformed the way we work and live. At Microsoft, we are committed to doing what we can to help our customers respond to the crisis and plan ahead for future success. In the past couple ... continue reading

Expanding SQL Server Big Data Clusters capabilities, now on Red Hat OpenShift

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a new capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. BDC extends SQL Server's analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine ... continue reading