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Microsoft announced SQL Server 2016 – New features and enhancements

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: http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2015/05/04/sql-server-2016-public-preview-coming-this-summer.aspx

>> Microsoft SQL Server 2016 official page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server-2016

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: http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/D/3/FD33C34D-3B65-4DA9-8A9F-0B456656DE3B/SQL_Server_2016_datasheet.pdf


–> YouTube Videos on SQL Server 2016:



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