5 Announcements from PASS Summit 2016

Pass Summit 2016 - SeniorDBA

The annual Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference was held recently, and Microsoft has disclosed some of the important announcements from that event.

  1. Public Preview of Azure Analysis Services – Azure Analysis Services enables developers and BI professionals to create BI Semantic Models.
  2. SQL Server 2016 DW Fast Track Reference Architecture, 145TB – The Data Warehouse Fast Track (DWFT) reference architectures that certify that a SQL Server 2016 SMP unit can support active data sets of up to 145TB and maximum user size of 1.2 Petabytes of SQL Data in an all flash system.
  3. Data Migration Assistant and Database Experimentation Assistant – Microsoft released the Data Migration Assistant (DMA) v2.0 that helps you upgrade to the latest version of SQL Server 2016 from legacy SQL Servers.
  4. Azure SQL Data Warehouse Expanded Free Trial – The exclusive Azure SQL Data Warehouse free trial. Customers can request a one-month free trial for Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
  5. Cognitive Toolkit (formerly known as CNTK) – The availability of a beta for Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (formerly CNTK), which is a free open-source commercial-grade toolkit that uses deep learning algorithms to learn like the human brain.

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