Microsoft Shifting To Open Database Connectivity for SQL Server

Microsoft this week announced an roadmap shift to ODBC for SQL Server APIs.

Best Practices for Setting Up Resilient Databases for Scalability, High Availability and Disaster Recovery

For IT professionals dealing with databases, a few processes can ensure flexibility and stretch the limits of uptime.

Microsoft Releases Hadoop Connector CTPs for SQL Server

Microsoft released two community technology preview (CTP) test versions of its Hadoop connectors today, one that works with Microsoft's current flagship SQL Server and other with its data warehouse product.

Microsoft Releases Test Previews of SQL Server 2008 SP3

Microsoft this week released community technology previews of a new Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2008.

SQL Server 2008 R2 PDW To Get Hadoop Support

Microsoft today announced an update to SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse with other related news, including planned Hadoop support.

The Future of IT Skills: What You Need To Keep Your IT Career Alive

IT pros need to constantly update their skills in order to survive. Redmond asked experts -- and readers -- which skills and jobs have a solid future and which ones will crumble in the years to come. Here's what we found.

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 'Denali' CTP3 and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1

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.

10 Technologies Microsoft 'Borrowed'

These technologies may not have been Microsoft originals, but today they bear the Redmond stamp.

Unified Communications: Windows IT Pros Speak Out on Bringing It All Together

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.

Will Microsoft Reshape Business Intelligence?

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.

How-To: Delivering Intelligence with SharePoint Dashboards

Integrate data from disparate sources into scorecards with rich data visualization for interactivity and workflow automation.

Database Check: Testing Sentrigo's Hedgehog DBscanner

Sentrigo Hedgehog DBscanner offers enterprise-class vulnerability assessment and security scanning for databases.

SQL Server 2008 R2: Unlock the Locks

Resolving locking issues with SQL Server 2008 R2 can be troublesome -- but it can also be surprisingly straightforward.

Top 10 Secrets of a SQL Server Expert

Maintaining a SQL Server environment is a potentially complex endeavor. Here are 10 tips for ways you can minimize complexity and reduce stress.

Microsoft Taps SQL Server PDW To Boost Security Forensics

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.

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