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SQL Server 2016: It Just Runs Faster

SQL Server Record Breaking Performance

SQL Server 2016: It Just Runs Faster

Today is the day that SQL Server 2016 will officially launch. I’ve been using SQL 2016 since some of the early CTP builds last year and I love the direction that Microsoft is headed with their entire data platform. I’m not just saying that because I’m a fanboi, either. I mean I *am* a fanboi, but that is not the point here.

There are many blogs already available on new features available in SQL Server 2016. I thought about doing similar posts myself but today I thought instead of listening to me go on about how SQL Server 2016 is full of unicorns and rainbows I would show you what other people are saying about this release.

Let’s start with the Product Support Services (PSS) team at Microsoft.

SQL Server 2016 has a ton of new features as well as upgrades to existing features. The PSS team has put together a series of blog posts on the new features and capabilities in SQL Server 2016. You can find a summary page here. I wanted to list out today the current set of links for everyone to see:

 

That’s not even the full list of new features, either. But I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that I’ve just provided a bunch of links from an internal team at Microsoft so of course they would say wonderful things about SQL Server 2016. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bobsql/2016/11/08/how-it-works-it-just-runs-faster-non-volatile-memory-sql-server-tail-of-log-caching-on-nvdimm/

Okay then, how about this slide I was shown during the SQL Server 2016 reviewer’s workshop a few weeks back showing some performance benchmarks:

SQL Server Record Breaking Performance

Not bad, huh? But I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that’s just a marketing slide showing testing results with third party Microsoft partners so of course they would say wonderful things about SQL Server 2016.

Okay then, how about this image showing a handful of Gartner reports:

Gartner shows Microsoft as a leader

Not bad, huh? If you still don’t believe that SQL Server 2016 is full of unicorns and rainbows then I would encourage you to try it for yourself. You can be up and running with an Azure VM in less than 15 minutes. Don’t want to try Azure? Okay then, why not download to developer edition of SQL Server for free. That’s right, it’s free. It costs you NOTHING to test drive SQL Server these days.

Last year during my keynote speech at the PASS Summit in Seattle I stated that Microsoft was “the makers of the best data platform, bar none, on the planet.”

I meant it then, and I mean it now.

Performance benchmark testing backs up that statement. Gartner agrees as well. I am certain that if you gave it a try, you would understand why.

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