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Microsoft on Monday announced the third community technology preview (CTP3) release of its next-generation SQL Server database management system, code-named "Denali," as well as SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1.
These technologies may not have been Microsoft originals, but today they bear the Redmond stamp.
How hard is it to execute UC? Our readers who've done it share their take and offer tips for others trying to bring together voice with Microsoft Exchange, Office, OCS, Lync and more.
Business intelligence has long been the domain of big companies with lots of resources. Microsoft wants to change that, but it faces a daunting task.
- By Paul Korzeniowski
Integrate data from disparate sources into scorecards with rich data visualization for interactivity and workflow automation.
- By Joshua Hoffman
Sentrigo Hedgehog DBscanner offers enterprise-class vulnerability assessment and security scanning for databases.
- By J. Peter Bruzzese
Resolving locking issues with SQL Server 2008 R2 can be troublesome -- but it can also be surprisingly straightforward.
- By William R. Stanek
Maintaining a SQL Server environment is a potentially complex endeavor. Here are 10 tips for ways you can minimize complexity and reduce stress.
- By Paul S. Randal
Microsoft published details this month about how it used its own Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 to improve the performance of its company-wide security monitoring system.
The parallel data warehouse edition of Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 R2 solution will soon see the light of day.
Microsoft today released Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008.
It's no surprise that 'Oslo', also known as SQL Server Modeling, has not survived the on-going battle of competing data platform strategies at Microsoft.
- By Kathleen Richards
Oracle has hired former HP CEO Mark Hurd as co-president.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
A new component in SQL Server 2008 R2 gives users the autonomy to set up business intelligence functionality in Excel without taking control of the process away from IT.
- By Andrew J. Brust