SQL Server 2017: A proven leader in database performance

SQL Server 2017: A proven leader in database performance

November 17th, 2017

This post was authored by Bob Ward, Principal Architect, and Jamie Reding, Senior Program Manager and Performance Architect, Microsoft Database Systems Group.

SQL Server continues to be a proven leader in database performance for both analytic and OLTP workloads. SQL Server 2017 is fast, built-in with capabilities and features such as Columnstore indexes to accelerate analytic performance and Automatic Tuning and Adaptive Query Processing to keep your database application at peak speed.

Recently, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a new world record TPC-H 10TB benchmark result¹ using SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016 on their new DL580 Gen10 Server. This new amazing result at 1,479,748 Composite Query-per-Hour (QphH) was achieved at price/performance of .95 USD per QphH continuing to show SQL Server’s leadership in price and performance.

HPE also announced the first TPC-H 3TB result² on a 2-socket system using SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016 with their DL380 Gen Server. They achieved a stellar 1,014,374 QphH on only 2-sockets. These results continue to show how powerful SQL Server can be to handle your analytic query workloads including data warehouses.

SQL Server also is a proven leader for OLTP workloads. Lenovo recently announced a new world-record TPC-E benchmark result³ using SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016. This is now the #1 TPC-E result in both performance at 11,357 tpsE and price/performance at 98.83 USD per tpsE for systems with 4 sockets or more. This result was achieved on Lenovo’s ThinkSystem SR950 server using 4 sockets at 112 cores which represents a 25% performance gain from the previous 4 socket result with 16% more cores.

SQL Server 2017 is the world leader in TPC-E and TPC-H performance, price, and value and continues to demonstrate it is one of the fastest databases on the planet, in your cloud or ours.


  • ¹ 10TB TPC-H non-clustered result as of November 9th, 2017.
  • ² 3TB TPC-H non-clustered result as of November 9th, 2017.
  • ³ TPC-E benchmark result as of November 9th, 2017.

Source: Microsoft Blog – SQL Server News – SQL Server 2017: A proven leader in database performance

Announcing SQL Operations Studio for preview

November 16th, 2017

We are excited to announce that SQL Operations Studio is now available in preview. SQL Operations Studio is a free, light-weight tool for modern database development and operations for SQL Server on Windows, Linux and Docker, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse on Windows, Mac or Linux machines.

Download SQL Operations Studio to get started.


It’s easy to connect to Microsoft SQL Server with SQL Operations Studio and perform routine database operations—overall lowering the learning curve for non-professional database administrators who have responsibility for maintaining their organization’s SQL-based data assets.

As more organizations adopt DevOps for application lifecycle management, developers and other non-professional database administrators find themselves taking responsibility for developing and operating databases. These individuals often do not have time to learn the intricacies of their database environment, making hard to perform even the most routine tasks. Microsoft SQL Operations Studio takes a prescriptive approach to performing routine tasks, allowing users to get tasks done fast while continuing to learn on the job.

Users can leverage their favorite command line tools (e.g. Bash, PowerShell, sqlcmd, bcp and ssh) in the integrated terminal window right within the SQL Operations Studio user interface. They can easily generate and execute CREATE and INSERT scripts for SQL database objects to create copies of their database for development or testing purposes. Database developers can increase their productivity with smart T-SQL code snippets and rich graphical experiences to create new databases and database objects (such as tables, views, stored procedures, users, logins, roles, etc.) or to update existing database objects. They also have the ability to create rich customizable dashboards to monitor and quickly detect performance bottlenecks in your SQL databases on-premises or in Azure.


SQL Operations Studio comes at an opportune time for users who use clients running macOS or Linux. Many users who use or plan to deploy SQL Server 2017, which became generally available in September 2017, also use Macs as their clients. They will now be able to use a free database development and operations tool from Microsoft that runs natively on their OS of choice.

SQL Operations Studio has been forked from Visual Studio Code with the objective to make it highly extensible. It’s built on an extensible microservices architecture and includes the SQL tools service built on .NET Core. Users will be able to download it from GitHub or Microsoft.

We hope you love this new tool.  It’s received great reviews from the community testing it in private beta and, with your feedback, we can make it even better. Join us in improving SQL Operations Studio by contributing directly at the GitHub repo.

If you have questions or would like to add comments, please use the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!

Source: Microsoft Blog – SQL Server News – Announcing SQL Operations Studio for preview

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