How bwin is using SQL Server 2016 In-Memory OLTP to achieve unprecedented performance and scale A customer blog

Written by: Biljana Lazic (bwin – Senior DBA) and Rick Kutschera (bwin – Engineering Manager). Reviewed by: Mike Weiner (SQLCAT) bwin (part of GVC Holdings PLC) is one of Europe’s leading online betting brands, and is synonymous with sports. Having offices situated in various locations across Europe, India, and the US, bwin is a leader… Read more

Migrating from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database using Bacpac Files

Reviewed by: Steven Green, Peng Song, Xiaochen Wu, Kun Cheng, Sanjay Mishra Introduction Database migration from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database is a process that many organizations must implement as they move to Azure public cloud. This article is a guide that describes one specific implementation path for the migration process, that has been… Read more

Do it right! Deploying SQL Server R Services on computers without Internet access

Reviewed by: Sanjay Mishra, Umachandar Jayachandran, Dimitri Furman, Jeannine Nelson-Takaki, Joe Sack, Kun Cheng, Eric Burgess One of the most exciting features in SQL Server 2016 is R Services (in-database). This feature has been getting a lot of interest and attention, as we described in a past blog post. If you are curious to know… Read more

SQLSweet16!, Episode 10: “I can eat glass …”, but can I load it into a database?

Sanjay Mishra Reviewed By: Dimitri Furman, Murshed Zaman, Kun Cheng   If you have tried to use BULK INSERT or bcp utilities to load UTF-8 data into a table in SQL Server 2014 or in an earlier release (SQL Server 2008 or later), you have likely received the following error message: Msg 2775, Level 16,… Read more

SQLCAT @PASS Summit 2016

Are you coming to the PASS Summit 2016 in Seattle? SQLCAT will be in full force at the PASS Summit 2016, and we will also bring along our colleagues from the broader AzureCAT team as well. SQLCAT / AzureCAT Sessions SQLCAT / AzureCAT sessions are unique. We bring in real customer stories and present their deployments, architectures,… Read more

SQLSweet16!, Episode 9: Scripting Always Encrypted operations

Authors: Arvind Shyamsundar, Sanjay Mishra, Subodh Patil (iCertis), Mukesh Singh (iCertis), Ravi Kumar (iCertis) Reviewers: Dimitri Furman, Benjin Dubishar, Raghav Kaushik, Jakub Szymaszek Always Encrypted is one of the highly acclaimed features in SQL Server 2016. The key value prop in Always Encrypted is that SQL Server itself cannot decrypt the data as it will… Read more

SQLSweet16!, Episode 8: How SQL Server 2016 Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) can improve performance of highly concurrent workloads

Sanjay Mishra, Arvind Shyamsundar Reviewed by: Dimitri Furman, Denzil Ribeiro, Mike Ruthruff, Mike Weiner, Ryan Stonecipher, Nitish Upreti, Panagiotis Antonopoulos, Mirek Sztajno Last year, in the SQLCAT lab we were working with an early adopter customer running pre-release SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 4. The workload being used was the ASP.NET… Read more

SQLCAT at Microsoft Ignite 2016

Hi all, we are looking forward, as we are sure you are, to a great Microsoft Ignite 2016! Three members of the SQLCAT team will be in Atlanta (September 26th-30th) and of course we would love to see everyone and talk about SQL Server, Azure SQL DB, and SQL DW. We have 3 sessions where we… Read more

Determining Database Size in Azure SQL Database V12

A question that is frequently asked by customers using Azure SQL Database is “How can I determine the size of my database programmatically?” Interestingly, different people may be talking about different things when asking this question. Is it the size of all database files on disk? Is it the size of just the data files?… Read more

Using SQL Always Encrypted with Azure Web App Service

Reviewed by: Dimitri Furman, Jakub Szymaszek, Sanjay Mishra, Kun Cheng, Mike Ruthruff Background A common scenario today involves migrating a web application (based on IIS) and the on-premises SQL Server database to either Azure SQL DB or Azure SQL VM. One of the important thoughts in the mind of customers embarking on such projects is… Read more