Turbo boost data loads from Spark using SQL Spark connector

Reviewed by: Dimitri Furman, Xiaochen Wu Apache Spark is a distributed processing framework commonly found in big data environments. Spark is often used to transform, manipulate, and aggregate data. This data often lands in a database serving layer like SQL Server or Azure SQL Database, where it is consumed by dashboards and other reporting applications…. Read more

CPU and Memory Allocation on Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Reviewed By: Ajay Kalhan, Borko Novakovic, Drazen Sumic, Branislav Uzelac In the current Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (MI) preview, when customers create a new instance, they can allocate a certain number of CPU vCores and a certain amount of disk storage space for the instance. However, there is no explicit configuration option for the… Read more

Azure SQL DB Managed Instance – sp_readmierrorlog

Reviewed by: Kun Cheng, Borko Novakovic, Arvind Shyamsundar, Mike Weiner Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is a new offering that provides an instance-based SQL PaaS service in Azure. If you are not yet familiar with this new Azure SQL Database capability, you can start with the What is Managed Instance documentation topic. Since early private… Read more

SQLCAT @PASS Summit 2017

Are you coming to the PASS Summit 2017 in Seattle? SQLCAT will be in full force at the PASS Summit 2017, and we will also bring along our colleagues from the broader AzureCAT team, including the newly formed DataCAT team. SQLCAT Sessions SQLCAT sessions are unique. We bring in real customer stories and present their deployments, architectures,… Read more

Top Questions from New Users of Azure SQL Database

Reviewed by: Kun Cheng, John Hoang, Denzil Ribeiro, Rajesh Setlem Over the years, we have been engaged with many customers who were either already using, or were in the process of adopting Azure SQL Database. Most of those engagements involved deep technical work in the areas of performance, resiliency, connectivity, and general database architecture. During… Read more

Secure your on-premises network outbound connection to Azure SQL Database by locking down target IP addresses

Reviewed by: Dimitri Furman, John Hoang, Mike Weiner, Rajesh Setlem Most people familiar with Azure SQL DB (aka SQL Database) are aware of the firewall setting requirements of SQL DB, which are very important to lock down connections to SQL DB on Azure. Details are documented here. The firewall setting helps restrict inbound connections to… Read more

Enterprise Data Pipelines using Azure PaaS Services – An Introduction

Authors: Rangarajan Srirangam, Mandar Inamdar, John Hoang Reviewers: Murshed Zaman, Sanjay Mishra, Dimitri Furman, Mike Weiner, Kun Cheng Overview You might have worked with enterprise data pipelines using the SQL Server suite of products on-premises, or using virtual machines in the cloud. Now, you can build a similar enterprise data pipeline on Azure, comprised purely… Read more

Build a recommendation system with the support for graph data in SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL DB

Authored by Arvind Shyamsundar and Shreya Verma Reviewed by Dimitri Furman, Joe Sack, Sanjay Mishra, Denzil Ribeiro, Mike Weiner, Rajesh Setlem Graphs are a very common way to represent networks and relationships between objects. Historically, it is not easy to represent such data structures in relational databases like SQL Server and Azure SQL DB. To… Read more

Try and try again: not always a good idea (at least not for SSMS!)

Contributions from, and reviewed by: Ken Van Hyning, David Shiflet, Charles Gagnon and Alan Ren (SSMS dev team), Dimitri Furman, Mike Weiner and Rajesh Setlem (SQLCAT) Background SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is the most popular client used to administer and work with SQL Server and Azure SQL DB. Internally, the SSMS code uses the… Read more

Migration from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Using Transactional Replication

Written by: Josh Gnanayutham, Program Manager, SQL Engineering Introduction As users are increasingly moving their data to the Azure cloud, migration from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database is a common task. There are many migration methods and they each have their pros and cons. This blog post will explore how to migrate your database… Read more