At Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit, Microsoft made some significant announcement related to its big data platform. A major update is coming to their database-as-a-service, Azure SQL Database, and easier access to their machine learning service, Azure Machine Learning.
ater this year, we will preview a new version of Azure SQL Database that represents another major milestone for this database-as-a-service. With this preview, we will add SQL Server capabilities that will make it easier to extend and migrate applications to the cloud, including support for larger databases with online indexing and parallel queries, improved T-SQL support with common language runtime and XML index, and monitoring and troubleshooting with extended events. In addition, the preview will unlock our in-memory columnstore, which will deliver greater performance for data marts and continue our journey of bringing in-memory technologies to the cloud. We will offer these new preview capabilities as part of the service tiers introduced earlier this year, which deliver 99.99% availability, larger database sizes, restore and geo-replication capabilities, and predictable performance.
Microsoft Azure Machine Learning is a fully managed cloud service for building predictive analytics solutions, and helps overcome the challenges most businesses face in deploying and using machine learning. Starting today, it will be easier than ever for anyone to try Azure Machine Learning, as the service is now available to test free of charge without a subscription or credit card – all customers need to get started is a Microsoft account ID. This free tier is one more way Azure Machine Learning is making advanced analytics more accessible to more people. DBAs, developers, business intelligence professionals and nascent data scientists can now experiment with Azure Machine Learning at no cost.
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