There were several exciting announcements made at today’s Microsoft Data Amp. The first was no surprise that the forthcoming version of SQL Server, which had for a long time been referred to as only “vNext”, was confirmed officially as SQL Server 2017.
Also, from today you can download SQL Server Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0, the first production-quality preview, for Windows, Linux and Docker-based systems. This introduces new capabilities such as the ability to run advanced analytics using Python in a parallelized and scalable way, the ability to store and analyse graph data, Adaptive Query Processing and Resumable Online Indexing.
Also announced was the general availability of Azure Analysis Services, built on the business intelligence engine in SQL Server Analysis Services.
For a full overview, Scott Guthrie’s (Executive VP of the Cloud and Enterprise group) keynote and demo at Data Amp is available on-demand here.
To get started, these Microsoft developer tutorials will show you how to install and use SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0.
SQL Server 2017 will be available later on this year.
Source: Microsoft Data Amp, SQL Server Blog