SQL Server 2016: delivering mission-critical intelligence

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 11 March 2016
SQL Server 2016: delivering mission-critical intelligence

The world around us, every business and nearly every industry, is being disrupted by technology. According to Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of the data group at Microsoft, this disruption is driven, in part, by the intersection of three trends: a massive explosion of data, intelligence from machine learning and advanced analytics, and the economics and agility of cloud computing.

“While databases power nearly every aspect of business today, they were not originally designed with this disruption in mind,” said Sirosh in a recent blog post. “Traditional databases were about recording and retrieving transactions such as orders and payments very reliably, very securely and efficiently. They were designed to enable reliable, secure, mission-critical transactional applications at small to medium scale, in on-premises datacenters.

“Databases built to get ahead of today’s disruptions do very fast analyses of live data in-memory as transactions are being recorded or queried. They support very low latency advanced analytics and machine learning, such as forecasting and predictive models, on the same data, so that applications can easily embed data-driven intelligence. They allow databases to be offered as a fully managed service in the cloud, in turn making it easy to build and deploy intelligent Software as a Service (SaaS) apps.”

Sirosh says they also provide innovative security features built for a world where a majority of data is accessible over the Internet. They support 24×7 high-availability, efficient management and database administration across platforms. They therefore enable mission critical intelligent applications to be built and managed both in the cloud and on-premises. They are exciting harbingers of a new world of ambient intelligence.

“We built SQL Server 2016 for this new world, and to help businesses get ahead of today’s disruptions,” Sirosh explains. “It supports hybrid transactional/analytical processing, advanced analytics and machine learning, mobile BI, data integration, always encrypted query processing capabilities and in-memory transactions with persistence. It is also perhaps the world’s only relational database to be ‘born cloud-first,’ with the majority of features first deployed and tested in Azure, across 22 global datacentres and billions of requests per day. It is customer tested and battle ready.”

Industry analysts recognise the breadth and depth of Microsoft’s capabilities in data, intelligence and the cloud. Microsoft is the only company recognized as a leader across data platforms and cloud by Gartner in both vision and execution, in database, business intelligence, advanced analytics, data warehouse, cloud infrastructure and cloud application platforms.

“Microsoft is delivering on a vision that no other company can match across data, intelligence and cloud,” Sirosh concludes.

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