November 2018 Roundup

November 2018 SQL Roundup

At WARDY IT Solutions we love being different and that’s why our clients rave about the Virtual DBA service. We believe that support teams should always be managing your environment rather than sleeping, hence our team works 24×7 from our Database Operations Centre in Brisbane. We also believe that we need to be able to rapidly respond to client needs and the ever-changing technology landscape without relying on a third-party vendor product. This is why we have developed SQL Beacon™ and MyVirtualDBA™ to power the Virtual DBA service.

These are just some of the investments that WARDY IT Solutions continues to make to ensure our Virtual DBA service is truly world-class. We encourage you to continue to help drive these investments with feedback on UserVoice.

Virtual DBA Service Q3 Roadmap

We’ve developed SQL Beacon™ and MyVirtualDBA™ to add even more value to clients of the Virtual DBA Service. Not only do we offer a team of Microsoft Certified DBAs working around the clock, but tools and technology to ensure we never miss a beat. A new year brings new opportunity, and in January, we will begin releasing the new features outlined in the roadmap published this week. View roadmap.

SQL Server 2019 Hotlaps in Sydney & Melbourne

Following a record turn out in Brisbane this week, and a sell out in Melbourne. We’ll be running the first SQL Server 2019 Hotlap in Sydney next Thursday, 6th December and due to popular demand, a second date in Melbourne on the 18th January 2019.

In these free breakfast sessions, we will explain how the new version of SQL Server will improve database operations, advance security and compliance and bring advanced analytics to all your data workloads.

This is a free event, but places are limited so please register now to secure your place.

Register for Sydney. Register for Melbourne.

Dashboard in a Day in Brisbane, Sydney & Adelaide

Designed by Microsoft, delivered by WARDY IT Solutions, Dashboard in a Day is a 1-day session including the latest features of Power BI.

Next week, WARDY IT Solutions and Microsoft will be running these sessions in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, free of charge. Spaces are limited so register now to secure your seat.

Learn more and register.

Global AI Bootcamp

The Global AI & ML bootcamp is a free one-day event organised by local communities all over the world that are passionate about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning on the Microsoft stack. WARDY IT’s very own David Alzamendi is bringing the Global AI Bootcamp to Brisbane on 15th November.

The event is set to sell out so be sure to register ASAP.


SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 (“SP3”) features improvements cantered around performance, scalability, and diagnostics based on the feedback from customers and the SQL community. These improvements enable SQL Server 2014 to perform faster and scale out-of-the-box on modern hardware design.

Download service pack.

Machine Learning Services with R support in Azure SQL Database

Machine Learning Services with support for R is now available for public preview on Azure SQL Database. Machine Learning Services has transformed SQL Server into a versatile machine learning platform. Microsoft is now bringing the same in-database machine learning capabilities to the fully managed Azure SQL Database.

Learn more.

What’s new in SQL Server 2019

SQL Server 2019 preview builds on previous releases to grow SQL Server as a platform that gives you choices of development languages, data types, on-premises or cloud, and operating systems. This article summarises all the new features in SQL Server 2019.

Find out more.

SQL Server 2017 security, performance tuning, and more

With this guide by William Assaf, Randolph West, Sven Aelterman, and Mindy Curnutt, you can get to know new and expanded SQL Server features like Columnstore, memory-optimized indexes, and Query Store, plus understand how to administer Microsoft Azure SQL Database or SQL Server 2017 virtual machines running on Azure.

Learn more.