Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SQL Server 2016 Now Available - June 1, 2106

Via email, Microsoft announced general availability (GA) for SQL Server 2016.

The latest SQL Server has made great advances, especially in significant enhancements to the supplemental components, along with the core database engine.  SSRS was completely overhauled (see my article in Redmond Magazine: SSRS Steps up in the shadow of Power BI). Master Data Services has been enhanced, and PolyBase, the magic bridge between the relational world and the unstructured world, has been included into the core, standalone system (see my PolyBase page reference guide: PolyBase).  You can find a summary of the enhancements and changes to SQL Server 2016 in my article SQL Server 2016 Preview Reveals path to Azure and Big Data.

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