Microsoft has announced that the latest version of its SQL Server database has now been released to manufacturing (RTM), offering in-memory transaction processing to speed performance and features to support hybrid cloud deployment.
Due for general release on 1 April, SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough performance, accelerated insights and the ability to scale globally on-premise and in the cloud, Microsoft said.
One of the key features in this release, first revealed at Microsoft's TechEd conference in New Orleans last year, is support for in-memory transaction processing. This can deliver an impressive speed improvement of up to 30 times, Microsoft claimed, and will enable customers to open up new possibilities and opportunities for using their data.
"It is exciting to see what customers can do when raw performance and throughput of a database changes this dramatically," said Quentin Clark, corporate vice president for Microsoft's Data Platform Group, announcing the SQL Server 2014 RTM on the company's official blog.
The other major new focus has been on hybrid features that span the cloud and on-premise compute, making it simpler for customers to back up and recover SQL Server databases hosted in their data centre using Microsoft's Windows Azure public cloud, for example.
Microsoft said SQL Server 2014 will be available as a Windows Azure virtual machine image at launch, and that its AlwaysOn high-availability technology has explicit support baked in for enrolling these into a customer's disaster recovery solution.
"One can get SQL Server with its in-memory and mission-critical features up and running in an Azure VM in literally a few minutes," Clark said.
Microsoft claimed that it is cutting-edge technology such as this that makes SQL Server the most widely deployed database in the world, and that it continues to gain revenue share at the expense of rivals.
"Our data platform has surpassed our competitors in key technology areas like cloud, in-memory and business intelligence. With SQL Server 2014, we'll continue to build on that momentum with an enterprise-ready, mission-critical database," Clark added.
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