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Microsoft announced SQL Server 2016 – New features and enhancements

May 9, 2015 2 comments

On Monday, 4th May 2015 Microsoft at Ignite event announced the new version of SQL Server i.e. SQL Server 2016, which will be available for Public Preview this summer.

>> MSDN Blog announcement:

>> Microsoft SQL Server 2016 official page:

This version of SQL Server is going to be a major release with new features and will also overcome some limitations of SQL Server 2014.


-> New Performance Enhancements:

– In-memory OLTP enhancements: Greater T-SQL surface area, terabytes of memory supported and greater number of parallel CPUs, provide up to 30x faster Transactions, more than 100x faster Queries than disk-based relational databases and Real-time Operational Analytics, Demo video.

– Query Data Store: Monitor and optimize query plans with full history of query execution.

– Native JSON: Parsing & storing of JSON as relational data & exporting relational data to JSON, as it is becoming a popular format to store NoSQL/Unstructured data, Demo video.

–> Security Upgrades:

– Always Encrypted: Help protect data at rest and in motion with the master key residing with the application & no application changes required.

– Row Level Security: Customers can implement Row-level Security on databases to enable implementation of fine-grained access control over rows in a database table for greater control over which users can access which data, demo video.

– Dynamic Data Masking: Real-time obfuscation of data to prevent unauthorized access, demo video.

–> Even Higher Availability, with Enhanced AlwaysOn:

– Up to 3 synchronous replicas for auto failover across domains, for more robust High Availability and Disaster Recovery

– Round-robin load balancing of replicas

– DTC & SSIS support

– Automatic failover based on database health

–> Hybrid Cloud Solution:

– Stretch Database: Stretch operational tables in a secure manner into Azure for cost effective historic data availability, that lets you dynamically stretch your warm and cold transactional data to Microsoft Azure, demo video.

– Azure Data Factory integration with SSIS

–> Deeper Insights Across Data

– PolyBase: Manage relational & non-relational data with the simplicity of T-SQL.

– Enhanced SSIS: Designer support for previous SSIS versions and support for Power Query.

– Built-in Advanced Analytics: Bringing predictive analytic algorithms directly into SQL Server.

>> Check the SQL Server 2016 Datasheet here for more information on this:


–> YouTube Videos on SQL Server 2016: