Azure SQL digital event: Innovate today with Azure SQL

Azure SQL digital event: Innovate today with Azure SQL

April 12th, 2021

In today’s data-driven world, companies are increasingly looking to the cloud to reduce their infrastructure and administrative costs and provide the on-demand scalability to match their customers’ ever-changing requirementswithout sacrificing security, reliability, or cost. Customers who choose Azure for their SQL Server workloads may initially opt for a straightforward “lift and shift” to virtual machines (VMs)a great first step, but where do you go from there? Now more than ever, I get questions from customers asking for my advice on subjects ranging from squeezing more performance out of VMs to moving workloads to fully managed database services with near-limitless scalability and intelligent performance. To help answer these questions and much more, we are hosting the Azure SQL digital event: Innovate Today with Azure SQL on May 4, 10:00 AM Pacific Time. During this hour-long virtual event, you’ll join Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President Azure Data, myself, and a full team of Azure SQL experts to learn how to build an effective cloud database management strategy that responds to today’s changing business requirements and tomorrow’s opportunities. You will have access to on-demand content to help you further modernize and innovate on Azure SQL. You will also hear first-hand experiences and best practices from customers who have become expert Azure SQL users. During this event, you will: Learn how to build intelligent apps across your data workloads using the latest digital innovations from Azure SQL and attend on-demand sessions on topics like infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to platform as a service (PaaS) migration, streamlining app development with integrated services, and building IoT solutions on Azure SQL Edge. Watch Microsoft minimum viable product (MVP) and Microsoft engineering-led technical demonstrations of Azure SQL features, including serverless computing, Hyperscale, Azure Defender for SQL, and VM performance optimization. Hear from real customers about how they are transforming their organizations using Azure SQL right now. Get answers to your questions from a panel of Azure SQL subject-matter experts. If that’s not enough, you’ll also have the opportunity to earn points while you learn during this event, automatically entering eligible participants into a drawing for exciting prizes (official rules). Register today for the Azure SQL Digital Event by signing up now at the Azure SQL digital event page

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What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters—CU10 release

April 7th, 2021

SQL Server Big Data Clusters is a new capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. Big Data Clusters extends SQL Server’s analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine with Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop to create a single, secure, and unified data platform. Big Data Clusters is available exclusively to run on Linux containers, orchestrated by Kubernetes, and can be deployed in multiple-cloud providers or on-premises. Today, we’re announcing the release of the latest cumulative update (CU), CU10, for SQL Server Big Data Clusters, which includes important capabilities: Upgraded base images from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 20.04. High availability support for Hadoop KMS components. Additional configurability of SQL Server networking and process affinity settings at the resource-scope. Resource management for Spark-related containers through cluster-scoped settings. Major improvements in this update are highlighted below, along with resources for you to learn more and get started. Upgraded base image versions SQL Server 2019 CU9 included a software refresh for most of the open source components deployed with Big Data Clusters. Building on this momentum and in line with our commitment to ensure that Big Data Clusters component versions are up to date with those supported, we are now upgrading the base operating system (OS) for all container images from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 20.04. For existing Big Data Clusters deployments, no other action is necessary apart from the regular in-place upgrade to the new CU. The new CU10 images that include the upgraded base OS version will be used when upgrading Big Data Clusters. As a best practice, we recommend upgrading to CU10 to take advantage of new capabilities and improvements and to ensure containers are covered by the Ubuntu support lifecycle. High Availability support for Hadoop KMS components Consistent with our commitment to continuous improvements of the Encryption at Rest feature set, CU10 adds High Availability capabilities for Hadoops key management service (KMS) components. After the upgrade, all namenode pods will have a KMS instead of just one namenode pod. The benefits are two-fold, increased high availability and increased performance of encryption operations on encryption zones. Ready to learn more? Check out the SQL Server Big Data Clusters CU10 release notes to learn more about all the improvements available with the latest update. For a technical deep-dive on Big Data Clusters, take a look at the documentation page and visit our GitHub repository. Follow the instructions on our documentation page to get started and deploy Big Data Clusters

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