Tag Archives: Microsoft

November Data Platform Releases

This past week was the PASS Summit in Seattle. It’s an annual conference that attracts thousands of SQL Server and data platform professionals. I am lucky in that I usually get to attend, and this year was no different, although … Continue reading

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Big Data Analytics

How large is your analytics system? Do you have more than one machine for analytics? Do you have a cluster of machines that run Hadoop in a YARN cluster to analyze your data? Are there hundreds, or even thousands, of … Continue reading

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A $3 Billion Donation

Earlier this week, Microsoft agreed to grant royalty free licenses for 60,000 of its patents for Open Invention Network (OIN) members as it joins the group. The patents include a number that affect Android, Linux, OpenStack, and more. As recently as a … Continue reading

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The Ever Expanding Data Platform

This past week was the 2018 Ignite conference from Microsoft, where we had a number of announcements about the data platform. You can rewatch some of the sessions from the event, and I might recommend the keynotes to see some of the … Continue reading

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SOS to ADS

When Microsoft announced SQL Operations Studio last year, I wasn’t thrilled. The move to a VS Code shell was less of a concern to me than having a better SSMS toolset. Actually, with VS moving to MacOS, I was hoping … Continue reading

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The Data Submarine

For some reason, this came to mind: under the sea, under the sea. That’s what I thought of as I was reading about Microsoft sinking a data center. There are probably jokes to be made about Microsoft and sinking, though they’re less … Continue reading

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Microsoft and GitHub

I started using git with GitHub. I thought their hosted service was fantastic, and have seen quite a few companies using private repos for their internal code, including my employer, Redgate. I see companies from Five Thirty Eight to releasing their data to … Continue reading

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A New New Microsoft

Microsoft is changing again. Microsoft is reorganizing and the head of Windows, Terry Myerson, is leaving. The reorganization isn’t that surprising, as like most large companies, Microsoft usually does something each year. What is interesting is that they are moving away from … Continue reading

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A True Lift and Shift

Microsoft bought a data center. That’s not news, after all, they’ve been building and buying data centers for some time as they look to expand their Azure footprint, as well as continue to power their own internal systems. As they’ve grown, they’ve also learned … Continue reading

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Decouple the Tools

For years, SQL Server included a complete set of add-ons with the main product. We got SSIS, SSRS, and more as part of an integrated installation. This also included things like Books Online and various tools, such as Profiler, bcp, … Continue reading

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