Microsoft: Ready with “near-final” SQL Server 2016


Microsoft is almost ready to release the “nearly complete” SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC). According to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, a Microsoft representative said the update would be coming out “this week;” the statement was confirmed on March 3. The on premise database platform has been in public preview for some time, and its release is definitely upcoming.

SQL Server 2016 will have an evaluation version available for testers to use before Microsoft’s “Data Driven” event scheduled for March 10. The Data Driven conference will feature keynotes from CEO Satya Nadella, Azure wizard Scott Guthrie, as well as Microsoft business customers, and will take a look at how data is transforming how companies operate their day-to-day business.

Mary Jo Foley adds:

Microsoft released the first public preview of SQL Server 2016 in May 2015. At that time, Microsoft officials said to expect the following pieces to be part of SQL Server 2016:

  • Always Encrypted – a new capability developed by Microsoft Research that is designed to protect data “at rest and in motion”
  • Stretch Database – new technology that lets allows users to dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data to Microsoft Azure
  • Enhancements to Microsoft’s “Hekaton” in-memory technologies for real-time analytics
  • New in-database analytics with R integration
  • Polybase — an engine that, to date, has been part of the SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse Appliance, for more easily managing relational and non-relational data
  • Row-level security, allowing users to control access to data based on characteristics of the user, without modifications to applications
  • Dynamic Data Masking — supports real-time obfuscation of data to prevent access to unauthorized dataTemporal database support for tracking historical data changes
  • Query Data Store — a “flight data recorder” for database administrators
  • Enhanced server management for Master Data Services
  • Enhanced hybrid backup to Azure and faster restores to SQL Server in Azure virtual machines

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