Passionately curious about Data, Databases and Systems Complexity. Data is ubiquitous, the database universe is dichotomous (structured and unstructured), expanding and complex. Find my Database Research at SQLToolkit.co.uk

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing" Einstein

Monday, 2 May 2016

SQL Server 2016 General Availability

SQL Server 2016 will be generally available on 1st June 2016. The SQL Server 2016 editions will include Enterprise, Standard, Express, and Developer.  SQL Server 2016 Developer edition will be free to download.

The SQL Server 2016 preview details .

Friday, 22 April 2016

Database Research and Data's Journey

The first TechNet UK blog post was entitled Management of Database Systems Research and was a prĂ©cis of the database research I am undertaking. A comic strip was included telling the story of Data and the path that lead to starting the database research.  

My research journey has progressed and my new blog post crosses the boundary between academia and the industrial world of database systems. Data reprises his role taking the reader through the research journey and methods used.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition is now free

SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is now a free download for Visual Studio Dev Essentials members

SQL Server Developer Edition is for development and testing only, and not for production environments or for use with production data.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

SQL Server 2016 Rocks

The SQL Server Data Driven event shared the forthcoming toolset to enable business transformation with data.

The directors of tomorrow will embrace technology to become leaders across industries. If you want to disrupt, you must adopt and adapt to new technology. Data is the connective tissue driving all technological revolution. Data assets are core to the success of a business.  It enables business to engage better with customers to transform products and services
T-SQL and R will be in one place for real time predictive analytics  and it is possible to extend databases into the cloud to allow customers to keep information they don't have local storage space for.  
SQL Server 2016 is always encrypted even when processing is being done and even if the in-memory engine being used, using homomorphic encryption.
SQL Server 2016 is a true data platform not just a database with mission critical intelligence which is what distinguishes it from all others.  SQL Server 2016 is key to business transformation. Intelligence driven from data is now enabling new ways of working.  
Data is at the heart of transformation enabling engagement with Customers, Running your Business and Transforming your Products.
Microsoft have created significant incentives to encourage people with Oracle databases to migrate to SQL Server.
You can run SQL Server 2016 in a docker container and also on Linux.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Announcing SQL Server on Linux

Microsoft have announced SQL Server on Linux to make their data solutions more flexible. The target date for availability is mid-2017.

More details