Office 365, specifically SharePoint Online, is now a consideration for a significant number of our SharePoint projects. Identifying whether the solution should be in the Cloud or On Premises is critical not only to the success of the project but to the long term the overall IT strategy of our clients. For many projects the…
Data mining, in its present format, has been part of Microsoft Business Intelligence for about 10 years. Unfortunately, it is one of least discovered and least used features of Microsoft BI. Many companies have heard of, and use, MDX (MultiDimensional eXpressions) and/or DAX (Data Analysis eXpressions) to extract meaning /reports from their cubes and tabular…
Microsoft is first major public cloud provider to receive “OFFICIAL” Security Classification level from the UK Government. This means that in utilising Microsoft Azure, clients can be assured of the integrity of their data and its confidentiality.
Read more about what this means for your organisation in the official Microsoft blog here.
The world’s leading information technology research and advisory company Gartner has released its “Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant 2014” report, naming Microsoft as a Leader.
The report states “Microsoft has a vision of infrastructure and platform services that are not only leading stand-alone offerings, but that also seamlessly extend and interoperate with on-premises Microsoft infrastructure (rooted in Hyper-V, Windows Server, Active Directory and System Center) and applications, as well as Microsoft’s SaaS offerings. Its vision is global, and it is aggressively expanding into multiple international markets.”
You can read the report in full here.
Microsoft is planning to ship one last Service Pack for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 later this year, with mainstream support scheduled to end on July 8th and Extended Support continuing until July 9th 2019. The Service Packs will be a packaging and release of Cumulative Updates, though will contain no new functionality.
SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 (SP2) RTM is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center.
According to the official Microsoft SQL Server Blog, “SQL Server 2012 SP2 contains fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms and Hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2012 SP1 cumulative updates up to and including Cumulative Update 9. Service Pack 2 also includes a handful of design change requests and fixes for issues that have been reported through Windows Error Reporting system.”
Customer-requested updates in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP2 include:
- Enhanced informational messages about AlwaysOn availability groups.
- Performance improvements for SQL Server Integration Services around SSIDB deadlock/cleanup.
- Query planning enhancements and improved troubleshooting diagnostics for hash join/aggregate operator spills of data in tempdb and full text indexes.
- Replication supportability and functionality enhancements.
- Storage engine performance enhancements.
Learn more about SQL Server from the Ballard Chalmers Tech Talk Blog team here.