Michael Otey, Senior Technical Director for SQL Server Pro, outlines in this webcast video how to take advantage of all the options for SQL Server vritualization while also gaining the most performance advantages.
In spite of technical and operational challenges, the stacking of SQL Server instances is something we should be driving toward in order to achieve the significant economic benefits of stacking instances....More
Check out this tool to help you analyze the financial trade-offs of using different licensing options for SQL Server running on a virtual machine (VM), which Microsoft calls a Virtual OS Environment (OSE)....More
Microsoft has updated the best practices for using SQL Server in Azure. There is now a checklist of 18 items that customers should review as part of the SQL Server deployment in a virtual machine (VM) that resides on Microsoft Azure....More
As summer nears, the Power BI Preview is making bigger waves with every weekly release. Popular data sources and a plethora of Power BI Designer enhancements are being released at light speed pace. Check out the highlights on what has been released and what we might see next....More
Over the past few years we did not hear anything from Microsoft about SQL Server on-premises business intelligence enhancements. The extended cricket-chirping silence left us speculating about the future of Reporting Services, Analysis Services and other key technologies that are being used today to power critical decision making solutions. Good news, the waiting and wondering is over. Microsoft recently announced significant SQL Server on-premises upgrades for business intelligence in numerous presentations at both //build and Ignite conferences....More
In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More