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Sunday, May 31, 2015

SQL Server 2016 – Public Preview is now Available

It is with excitement that I am posting about the public preview for SQL server 2016 which is now available for download with powerful capabilities and features. As it has been described by Microsoft, it is the biggest leap forward in Microsoft’s data platform history with real-time analytics, rich visualization on mobile devices, built-in advanced analytics, new advanced security technology and new hybrid cloud scenarios.

The link to download and evaluate SQL Server 2016 can be reached on TechNet Evaluation Center on the following link: SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2

 SQL Server 2016 Data Sheet

This release is mostly perceived by experts as a “Massive” BI version of SQL server, as derived from the variety of features to be introduced encompassing several essentials areas. Here are some of the essentials features as included in the SQL Server 2016 data sheet (some but not limited to):

Performance Enhancements:
  • Operational Analytics
  • In-memory OLTP enhancement
  • Query Data Store
  • Native JSON
  • Temporal Database
Security Upgrades:
  •  Always encrypted
  • Row Level Security
  • Dynamic Data Masking
Higher Availability with enhanced Always On    

Improved Scalability with enhanced database caching.

Accessing Data (any data), PolyBase, Power Query for analytics and reporting and enhanced SSIS

Powerful insights on any device including Mobile BI and Enhanced reporting services

Build-in advanced analytics, which is bringing predictive analytic algorithms directly into SQL Server. 

Hybrid solution, including stretch database, Power BI with on-premises data and enhanced backup to Azure.
Details above have been retrieved from the SQL Server 2016 data sheet, which can be found on the following Download link

Best Regards,
Mahmoud M. AlSaadi 

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