Eight Reasons to Use Microsoft SQL Server 2014's In-Memory Technology

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-08-06

Microsoft claims SQL Server 2014—which became generally available April 1—delivers a powerful set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid clouds. As part of that release, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight with support for Hadoop 2.2 and SQL Server Backup to Windows Azure Tool. With a growing number of in-memory database options from a number of vendors (such as the Oracle Database In-Memory), it can be difficult for customers to find the best option. Microsoft claims SQL Server 2014 has some of the best in-memory technologies on the market. A key differentiator is that SQL Server 2014 has in-memory technologies built directly into the product, so users don't need expensive additional software or hardware to take advantage of in-memory technology. It's also fast—customers can benefit from up to 30 times speed improvements with in-memory online transaction processing (OLTP). Indeed, SQL Server 2014 enables customers to build mission-critical apps and big data solutions using high-performance, in-memory technology across OLTP, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics workloads. SQL Server 2014 uses a common set of tools to deploy and manage databases both on-premises and in the cloud, which makes it easier for customers to take advantage of the cloud with existing skills. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the benefits of running Microsoft's SQL Server 2014.


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