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Support for SQL Server 2005 ends Tuesday -- are you ready?

There will be no more updates from Microsoft, so at this late hour, the key is to minimize your exposure

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WinDocks does what Docker and Microsoft can't do

Designed to run on Windows Server 2012, WinDocks also wants to bring SQL Server to containers, which Microsoft doesn't yet do

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MapD database rides GPUs for faster performance

A new SQL-compatible database uses GPUs to accelerate queries and GPU memory to cache data for even faster results


Scalable, disaster-resistant CockroachDB enters public beta

As tough to take down as its namesake, CockroachDB combines high fault-tolerance, strong consistency, and horizontal scalability with familiar SQL syntax

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8 no-bull reasons why SQL Server on Linux is huge for Microsoft

SQL Server on Linux? You're not dreaming. Here's what is important about this historic shift on Microsoft's part

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Microsoft is bringing its crown jewel SQL Server to Linux

SQL Server, one of the most popular pieces of database server software, and a crown jewel of Microsoft's enterprise software empire, is coming to Linux. Seriously.

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Microsoft continues hybrid cloud push with stretchable SQL Server

Microsoft is keeping up its push to provide businesses with hybrid cloud tools by offering a new feature that lets companies stretch their database tables from on-premises infrastructure to its Azure storage service.

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How different SQL-on-Hadoop engines satisfy BI workloads

Benchmark of SQL-on-Hadoop engines Impala, Spark, and Hive finds they each have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to BI workloads

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How to conquer the SQL Server 2005 migration challenge

Moving SQL Server 2005 data will be the easy part compared to the app migrations

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InfoWorld's 2016 Technology of the Year Award winners

InfoWorld editors and reviewers pick the best hardware, software, development tools, and cloud services of the year

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SQL Server 2016 gets an R (language) rating

SQL Server's next on-prem version will have built-in support for analytics written in the R language, via Microsoft's acquisition and its own implementations

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Azure SQL wraps databases in new encryption protections

Row-level security and column masking features in Azure SQL are meant to go beyond protecting data at rest


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Complications of binding data to UI

N1QL brings SQL to NoSQL databases

A next-generation query language for document databases extends SQL to work with semi-structured data

Build real-time Web apps with RethinkDB

The RethinkDB JSON database simplifies the development of applications that rely on real-time updates

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Micromanaging computation considered harmful

SQL isn't just a database language; it's also management by objective


Visual ETL considered harmful (to your skills)

Why hasn't the ETL process evolved with the times?

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7 essential SQL Server security tips

How to protect your database from SQL injection, data theft, rogue users, and well-meaning meddlers without tying your environment in knots

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