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The latest SQL Server news, updates, training and event details.

Hi there,

Welcome to the October 2015 newsletter from Australia's leading SQL Server Consultants, Trainers and Business Intelligence specialists.

It is that time of year again when the PASS Summit is held in North America. The PASS Summit is the world’s largest conference for Microsoft SQL Server and BI Professionals and a number of the WARDY IT Solutions team are taking part in this conference. The opening keynote is always full of new and exciting announcements and this year is no different with the focus being on SQL Server 2016 and the modern data platform. You can watch a recording of the keynote here. 

You might be asking yourself though what a modern data platform is? The modern data platform is one that not only scales to support the largest and most mission-critical workloads but one that also enables the ability to extract actionable intelligence from data. This is why in the recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems Microsoft is positioned as a leader, highest in execution and furthest in vision. 

As the largest and most awarded SQL Server and Business Intelligence specialists in Australia WARDY IT Solutions has assisted numerous clients achieve this vision of a modern data platform. To find out more about how WARDY IT Solutions can assists your organisation deliver a modern data platform Contact Us today. 

You can keep updated on all the latest WARDY IT Solutions SQL Server news on Facebook & Twitter:

Regards,
Peter 

Peter Ward
Managing Director
WARDY IT Solutions

Allan Hirt Mission Critical Deep Dive

Whether your business hours are 9 to 5 or 24x7x365, your systems need to be up when the business requires them. This advanced 4-day workshop, designed for SQL Server professionals and IT administrators alike, will not only teach you the technical and non-technical things you need to have for solid high availability and disaster recovery solutions, but also show you demonstrations and hands-on labs with multiple versions of SQL Server. Planning, implementing, and administering of the solutions will be covered, and will be taught by Cluster MVP, author, and SQL Server high availability expert Allan Hirt. There are limited places on these workshop so register today

Azure Data Lake

Azure Data Lake includes all the capabilities required to make it easy for developers, data scientists, and analysts to store data of any size, shape and speed, and do all types of processing and analytics across platforms and languages. To find out more about the Azure Data Lake and the services and tools that support working with data of any type, size and speed refer to here.

SQL Server 2014 Training

WARDY IT Solutions is the leading provider of the SQL Server 2014 training course Updating Your SQL Server Skills to MS SQL Server 2014 (Course Code 10977). This five-day instructor-led hands on course is delivered by our expert specialist Consultant trainers and teaches participants how to use the enhancements and new features that have been added to SQL Server since the release of SQL Server 2008. To find out more about this and other SQL Server training course refer to here.

Power BI Analysis Services Connector

With Power BI, users in your organization can now see your on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services data and metrics in a whole new way. Learn more about connecting Power BI to your on-premises Analysis Services server here.

SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.4

SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.4 is now available for download. This release fully embraced the “Cloud First” tenet, as this release build was deployed to SQL Azure Database service first, running in production prior to the release build. SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.4 is part of a new rapid preview model and you can download and this preview for development and test environments here.

End of Extended Support for SQL Server 2005

Extended support for SQL Server 2005 ends on April 12, 2016. If you are still running SQL Server 2005 after April 12, 2016, you will no longer receive security updates. Now is the time to upgrade to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database to achieve breakthrough performance, maintain security and compliance, and optimize your data platform infrastructure. To find out more about your options and how to upgrade from SQL Server 2005 contact WARDY IT Solutions today.

SQL Server Healthcheck

Does your SQL Server environment need a Healthcheck? The WARDY IT Solutions SQL Server Healthcheck is designed to review and verify the implementation of common SQL Server Best Practices. Our Database Healthcheck includes all the usage and administration aspects of a SQL Server database, ensuring that your SQL Servers are managed and operated well. Our approach is to analyse the total health of your SQL Server environment and highlight areas of concern, providing recommendations to improve the health and performance of your database environment. For more details on our SQL Server Healthcheck refer here (or download a brochure here).

In-Memory OLTP Simulator

In-Memory OLTP Simulator enables the IT Professional and Developer to easily test the powerful In-Memory OLTP Engine of SQL Server 2014 or later with different simulations and against different workloads. You can download this tool from here.

Power BI Security

A new whitepaper has been released on Power BI security, and this article provides an explanation of the Power BI architecture, and how users authenticate to Power BI and data connections are established and describes how Power BI stores and moves data through the service. This white paper can be found here.

SQL Server Virtual DBA

WARDY IT Solutions Virtual DBA service was named one of Australia's 100 most innovative products or services for the third year running in the Anthill Magazine 'SMART 100' Index.

Virtual DBA is a remote database administration service designed by WARDY IT Solutions to assist organisations with the management of Microsoft SQL Server. Our Virtual DBA service provides a cost effective solution to meet the day-to-day challenges of availability, performance and administration of Microsoft SQL Server databases. To find out more about the benefits of a Virtual DBA refer to here.

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