Thursday, April 28, 2016

Download and evaluate SQL Server 2016 RC3

 It is supposed to be the most significant SQL Server besting both Oracle and SAP verify it for yourselves at no cost.

You can download the 120 day edition from here after registering.

Three types of download (only 64-bit):


Hardware and software requirements (abbreviated):

  • .NET Framework 4.6, Installation setup installs.NET Framework
  • Network Software: Shared memory, Named Pipes, TCP/IP and VIA
  • Hard disk space: Minimum of 6GB
  • Drive/Monitor/Internet required.
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Processor: x64 bit 1.4GHZ
  • Processor type: x64 Processor: AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T Support and Intel Premium with EM64T support
  • No support for WOW 64

Here are the benefits of SQL Server 2016:
Enhanced in-memory performance provide up to 30x faster transactions, more than 100x faster queries than disk based relational databases and real-time operational analytics
◾New Always Encrypted technology helps protect your data at rest and in motion, on-premises and in the cloud, with master keys sitting with the application, without application changes
◾Built-in advanced analytics– provide the scalability and performance benefits of building and running your advanced analytics algorithms directly in the core SQL Server transactional database
◾Business insights through rich visualizations on mobile devices with native apps for Windows, iOS and Android
◾Simplify management of relational and non-relational data with ability to query both through standard T-SQL using PolyBase technology
◾Stretch Database technology keeps more of your customer’s historical data at your fingertips by transparently stretching your warm and cold OLTP data to Microsoft Azure in a secure manner  without application changes
◾Faster hybrid backups, high availability and disaster recovery scenarios to backup and restore your on-premises databases to Microsoft Azure and place your SQL Server AlwaysOn secondaries in Azure

There are several different types of SQL Server 2014 available and details are here:

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