We all start somewhere when it is about database. There are different reasons, why we go for one database over another database. Usually the reason is cost and convenience. After a period of time when business is successful and traffic is growing, the same two reasons of cost and convenience start to become secondary goals. I have seen quite a lot of companies starting with free databases and after a while switching to another database as they want stability and service from the product company.
Microsoft has an excellent product which lets you migrate your database from the alternate database to SQL Server. It is called SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) and earlier this week, it has been upgraded to support SQL Server 2014. Now you can migrate from your database to to all editions of SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014. SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) is a free supported tool from Microsoft.
Here is where you can download SSMA v5.3 for various databases.
SQL Server 2014 RTM is around the corner (2014). There is plenty of the interest in the SQL Server 2014 in recent time. One of the most frequently asked questions is about learning resources of SQL Server 2014. Everybody wants to learn SQL Server 2014 but there is not enough learning material available currently in the outside world.
Microsoft has released two important resources around it.
The SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit includes technical content designed to help you learn how to develop SQL Server 2014 databases, BI Solutions, and gain insights into the new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption for your SQL databases and help you unlock new hybrid scenarios.
This download contains several sample databases for the SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit which showcase many of the new and improved features of SQL Server 2014, including Clustered Columnstore, Online Operations, and Resource Governor IO.
Here are few of the key features in SQL Server 2014
In the new database world there are so many different solutions, vendors and options available that it is super hard to figure out which database is the right solution for us. First of all the world of the big data itself is very confusing. It is so hard to figure out from where to start and where to stop. There are so many tutorials out but none of them addresses the need of the absolute beginner.
Now the same thing goes to the next level when one has to select the right database for their organization and there is no clear guidance. I was discussing the same thing with the NuoDB folks last month. The NuoDB is a great product, but it is extremely important to know where exactly NuoDB stands when compared with other product. Interesting enough the smart folks at NuoDB has come up with a Cheat Sheet which compares NuoDB with the other industry known database.
The best part is that even though we do not have enough time for learning all the other database in depth, it is totally possible to take 60 secondsof the time and see the comparison of the features in this cheatsheet.
Today in User Group meeting there were lots of questions related to SQL Server 2014. There are plenty of people still using SQL Server 2005 but everybody is curious about what is coming in SQL Server 2014. Microsoft has officially released SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Product Guide. You can easily download the product guide and explore various learning around SQL Server 2014 as well explore the new concepts introduced in this latest version.
This SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Product Guide contains few interesting White Papers, a Datasheet and Presentation Deck.
Here is the list of the white papers:
Mission-Critical Performance and Scale with SQL Server and Windows Server
Faster Insights from Any Data
Platform for Hybrid Cloud
SQL Server In-Memory OLTP Internals Overview for CTP1
SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Frequently Asked Questions for TechEd 2013 North America
Here is the list of slide decks:
SQL Server 2014 Level 100 Deck
SQL Server 2014 Mission Critical Performance LEvel 300 Deck
SQL Server 2014 Faster Insights from Any Data Level Level 300 Deck
SQL Server 2014 Platform for Hybrid Cloud Level 100 Deck
I have earlier downloaded the Product Guide and I have yet not completed reading everything SQL Server 2014 has to offer. If you want to read what are the features which I am going to use in SQL Server 2014, you can read over here.
If you are new to the documentation set or new to Microsoft SQL Server, reading the SQL Server system overview document will help familiarize you with the organization of the documentation set as well as with SQL Server concepts and how the protocols relate to each other.
The SQL Server standards support documentation provides detailed support information for certain standards that are implemented in Microsoft SQL Server.
The Microsoft SQL Server protocol documentation provides technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft SQL Server 2008. This whitepaper provides an overview of the client and server protocols used by Microsoft SQL Server. It covers protocols that are commonly shared by SQL Server components and protocols that are used only by specific SQL Server components. Where appropriate, the document describes the relationships between protocols and provides example scenarios to show how they are used.
Microsoft SQL Server Data Portability Documentation
The SQL Server data portability documentation explains various mechanisms by which user-created data in SQL Server can be extracted for use in other software products. These mechanisms include import/export functionality, documented APIs, industry standard formats, or documented data structures/file formats. This whitepaper provides an overview of the client and server protocols used by Microsoft SQL Server. It covers protocols that are commonly shared by SQL Server components and protocols that are used only by specific SQL Server components. Where appropriate, the document describes the relationships between protocols and provides example scenarios to show how they are used.
Last week, I was attending SQLPASS 2012 and I had great fun attending the event. During the event long awaited SQL Serer 2012 Service Pack 1 was released. I am pretty excited with SP1 as new service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all editions and service levels of SQL Server 2012 to SP1. This service pack contains SQL Server 2012 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) and Cumulative Update 2 (CU2).
The latest SP1 has many new and enhanced features. Here are a few for example:
Cross-Cluster Migration of AlwaysOn Availability Groups for OS Upgrade
Selective XML Index
DBCC SHOW_STATISTICS works with SELECT permission
New function returns statistics properties – sys.dm_db_stats_properties
SSMS Complete in Express
SlipStream Full Installation
Business Intelligence highlights with Office and SharePoint Server 2013
Management Object Support Added for Resource Governor DDL
Please note that the size of the service pack is near 1 GB.
Earlier I blogged about Beginning NuoDB – Who will Benefit and How to Start, I received a few follow up questions about it so I decided to write a short article as a follow up. One of the questions I received was why I started with this product. Well, the reason is that I decided to learn more in the database field. This product got my attention and would like to explore more. I started to play with the NuoDBbeta 7 and I am finding it very interesting. There were a few more questions as well and I decided to write them in the following post to my earlier post.
The power of NuoDB becomes evident when you need more Transaction Engines to handle load. You can add these to (and take them away from) a running chorus dynamically. Transaction Engines in a chorus can run on a mixture of networked hosts – on a variety of operating systems, including ones in the cloud – as I mentioned above. Let me quickly divert here, by saying that the idea that a database can span multiple computers and run across multiple operational systems is mind boggling to me. You know that I am a geek but this is more than super-cool and a true revolution in database technology and architecture.
During beta 7 (and beta 8 as far as I know), the broker hands out the connections to Transaction Engines in a round-robin fashion. NuoDB will provide different load balancing mechanisms as needed. I expect that load balancing algorithm could get very interesting. To browse NuoDB and test my SQL code, I use DBVisualizer as recommended by NuoDB. SQuirreL is also supported, and your tool of choice likely works with very little configuration – as long as it uses ODBC or JDBC to connect. There is also a command line tool called NuoSQL, which can run SQL in interactive or batch mode. Another tool, NuoLoader, imports your CSV-formatted data.
This should be enough information to be dangerous. I very much recommend that you give it a try and tell me how it goes. By beginning to embrace NuoDB’s innovative SQL database concepts, I am sensing that we might be on to something very big that hasn’t happened in the database market in a long time. You can download the NuoDB beta software at this link.
Download and try out NuoDB(The same link will work for future versions of the product)