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03/19/2014
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2014 to Manufacturing

The new version of Microsoft's relational database management system is focused on providing robust support for hybrid deployment scenarios and rounding out the core workloads Microsoft's in-memory technology supports with in-memory online transaction processing (in-memory OLTP).

Microsoft already supports business intelligence (BI) as part of Analysis Services, Excel and Power BI for Office 365; complex event processing with StreamInsight; and in-memory columnstore in SQL Server and its Parallel Data Warehouse product.

"This finishes a journey that we started a number of years ago," says Quentin Clark, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Data Platform Group. "What's important about this whole in-memory journey is that we've been building this into our products. We're not telling our customers to build new applications or buy new products. We're building them right into the products they already have, already love and already know how to use."

Microsoft has also focused on making SQL Server 2014 a solution that seamlessly supports whichever deployment option suits customers, on-premise, in the cloud or any variation thereof. It's available on-premise, in the cloud, through hosters, in virtual machines and via a platform-as-a-service option called Windows Azure SQL Database.

"Customers can easily and securely backup and recover on-premises SQL Server databases using Windows Azure," Clark says. "SQL Server 2014's AlwaysOn technology was not just improved for this release, it was built to enroll Windows Azure virtual machines running SQL Server into a customer's disaster recovery solution. This turnkey solution builds on SQL Server 2014 availability in Window Azure virtual machines — one can get SQL Server with its in-memory and mission-critical features up and running in an Azure VM in literally a few minutes."

Clark says that SQL Server 2014 will be available in a Windows Azure virtual machine image as part of general availability on April 1. He adds that SQL Server 2014 will keep the same licensing and pricing model as SQL Server 2012.

News source: cio.com

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