Enhanced built-in memory will be featured on SQL Server 2014

3 July 2013

Microsoft SQL training will be necessary for IT professionals looking to integrate the soon to be released SQL Server 2014 into business operations. The new version of the software will feature a revamped memory platform. 

According to VisualStudio Magazine, a new in-memory system will include data warehousing and business intelligence features within a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). The source noted that the falling price of memory products has made it viable for Microsoft to include such powerful tools in SQL Server 2014. In particular, 64-bit configurations and multi-core processing setups are becoming more popular. 

Buffer pool integration
VisualStudio Magazine also reported that the next version of the software will provide more flexibility for crafting buffer pools. Now, the new in-memory system will provide support for non-volatile processes. For example, solid state drives (SSDs) will be compatible with buffer pools once SQL Server 2014 is implemented. Also, the source speculated that it would boost the performance levels of SSDs. 

OLTP enabled
With SQL Server 2014, managing tables will be simpler than ever before. With the new Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) service, coders will see a reduction of the amount of time it takes to process requests, as tables can be memory-optimized. Unlike a disk-based table, memory-optimized tables are stored in a way that makes accessing them much easier and more efficient. 

There will be more freedom with this new in-memory platform. TechNet reported that a query can now include OLTP and traditional table sets, allowing data changes in both formats. Overall, the source noted that it should improve all types of database transactions. 

Hybrid solutions 
Apart from the enhanced memory capabilities, Microsoft recently announced that they are increasing its support for hybrid infrastructure setups, VisualStudio Magazine stated. Many enterprises are forced to place all database system on-site for a variety of reasons. For some, it's necessary to do so because of the complicated nature of their processing needs while others do so because of cost-benefits. Regardless, Microsoft plans to make it possible for such offices to utilize cloud services by allowing Windows Azure to backup data on SQL Server 2014. 

IT professionals who want to be able to configure and manage SQL on the cloud should consider online Microsoft certification courses. These training classes offer flexible schedules that can be accessed at any location with an Internet connection. 

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