SQL Server 2016 Release: The Good News and the Better News

The good news is that SQL Server 2016 has been released and is now available. This version has been anticipated with some excitement since it eclipses previous releases in both the number of new features and the improvements and extensions to existing features. The better news, at least to developers like myself, is that Microsoft […]
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Polybase: Big (Data) Things in SQL Server 2016 – Part 2

Part Two: Transact-SQL Queries of Hadoop Data Three tasks are necessary if we are to query Hadoop data with Polybase. We must define the connection information, we must define how the semi-structured Hadoop data is to be parsed, and we must specify the row-and-column format for the parsed data that we will use to write […]
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Polybase: Big (Data) Things in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1

Installation and Configuration of SQL Server 2016 Polybase Introduction Among SQL Server’s many new features introduced in 2016 is Polybase, a bridge between relational data stored in SQL Server and bulk data stored in the Hadoop ecosystem. Hadoop is an excellent store for what many folks call “semistructured” data. That is, data which cannot be […]
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