Microsoft announces SQL Server 2016 to be generally available 1 June

Microsoft yesterday announced that SQL Server 2016, will be generally available from 1 June onwards. SQL Server 2016 delivers end-to-end data management and business analytics solution with mission critical intelligence for your most demanding applications as well as insights on your data on any device.

Some key announcements made include:

          SQL Server 2016 will be generally available on  June 1, 2016. This will allow customers and partners to build mission-critical, and business critical intelligent applications with the most secure database, the highest performance data warehouse, end-to-end mobile BI on any device, in-database advanced analytics, in-memory capabilities optimized for all workloads, and a consistent experience from on-premises to cloud. These capabilities are built-in to SQL Server for industry-leading low cost of ownership.

         SQL Server 2016 is available in four editions - Enterprise, Standard, Express, and Developer. Notably, in March Microsoft also announced that the SQL Server 2016 Developer edition will be free to download to enable broad access to and development on the full capabilities of SQL Server 2016.

         New SQL Server 2016 performance benchmarksLenovo published a new #1 TPC-H 30 TB world record3 using SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 on Lenovo System x3950 X6, proving that SQL Server 2016 is the fastest in-memory database on the planet for business applications.

         Migration offer. Microsoft customers can move their Oracle databases to SQL Server and receive the necessary licenses of SQL Server – free with software assurance. Organizations can learn more about the offer here

To read the full blog post on the above announcement, written by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing, Microsoft please visit here. To learn more about SQL Server please visit the official blog here.

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