Microsoft SQL Server 2016 GA is officially made available!

2. June 2016 03:31 by Eric in SQL Server  //   Comments (0)

So excited to announce that the MS SQL Server 2016 GA is just officially made available since last night!

Needless to say that this is the biggest leap forward in the Microsoft data platform history with real-time operational analytics, much better Data Viz on mobile/web devices, built-in advanced analytics, improved security capability & all-in-one hybrid cloud solutions.

Well, not going to go through those new shinny features again here as I have already blogged 4 articles about MS SQL Server 2016 in past 18 months, and therefore, just quickly highlight a few key selling points for pre-sale purpose:

New SQL Server boasts 100x faster queries, 30x faster throughput and 30x faster operations on its database server. The speed improvements can be achieved without having to upgrade the current hardware.

Row-level security, Dynamic data masking, Always end-to-end encryption as well as the enhanced TDE (Transparent data encryption). 


Data warehousing and big data analytics is also a big focus in  SQL Server 2016 through its built-in R support. This database can also store and query both structured and unstructured data.


The full editions of SQL Server 2016 will allow the database to scale up to 12 TB of memory  and 640 logical processors with Windows Server 2016. Advanced analytics can be processed directly within the database thereby reducing latencies and operational costs.

Data Viz:
Much intuitive and visually-appealing SSRS standard pixel-perfect reports as well as mobile friendly reporting capabilities.

SSRS 2016 reporting still has its native integration with SharePoint 2016 as part of the new Power BI Dashboard portal.

Lastly, as for the new simplified MS SQL Server commercial licensing, the BI edition is no longer available and there are only Enterprise & Standard commercial licensing left ;)