Sunday, October 11, 2015

SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.4 is available for downloading

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.4 and we can try this in our test environment. Many new great features have been added with this release such as;

  • Operational analytic and in-memory data warehouse improvements
  • Tempdb scalability improvements
  • Reporting Services improvements
And benifits we get from (quoted from the site);

  • Enhanced in-memory performance provide up to 30x faster transactions, more than 100x faster queries than disk based relational databases and real-time operational analytics
  • New Always Encrypted technology helps protect your data at rest and in motion, on-premises and in the cloud, with master keys sitting with the application, without application changes
  • Built-in advanced analytics– provide the scalability and performance benefits of building and running your advanced analytics algorithms directly in the core SQL Server transactional database
  • Business insights through rich visualizations on mobile devices with native apps for Windows, iOS and Android
  • Simplify management of relational and non-relational data with ability to query both through standard T-SQL using PolyBase technology
  • Stretch Database technology keeps more of your customer’s historical data at your fingertips by transparently stretching your warm and cold OLTP data to Microsoft Azure in a secure manner  without application changes
  • Faster hybrid backups, high availability and disaster recovery scenarios to backup and restore your on-premises databases to Microsoft Azure and place your SQL Server AlwaysOn secondaries in Azure

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