SQL Server 2016: Cloud, Olympics and SQL Server

Welcome to the second leg of Learning Tree’s SQL Server newsletter. By the time you read this newsletter the Olympics in Rio will likely be in full swing. I’m a big sports fan and I like the Olympics. With the Olympics being the pinnacle of so many different sports all in a two-week long event […]
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Cloud Service Models: What is PaaS (Platform as a Service)?

Cloud computing has become a widely adopted model for IT infrastructure environments. It includes three basic service models: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). IaaS was described in a previous post. This blog focuses on PaaS, and a future post will highlight SaaS. IDC has indicated the cloud services market has entered an “innovation […]
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How to Build a Predictive Model Using Azure Machine Learning

In this article, we’ll use Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning (ML) service to predict breast cancer diagnoses from test data. If you don’t have an Azure account, a free trial is available. Note that, at the time of writing, ML is in preview, so the details may change. However, the basic concepts should still apply. Obtaining […]
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Why You Need to Pay Attention to Cloud Computing

The adoption of cloud computing is revolutionizing today’s business. This trend has also elevated the importance of IT and business alignment because cloud enables new business models that have until now were not economically viable. A recent study confirmed this trend by showing that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes use both Software-as-a-Service […]
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Big Data on Azure – HDInsight

The HDInsight service on Azure has been in preview for some time. I have been anxious to start working with it as the idea of being able to leverage Hadoop using my favorite .NET programming language has a great appeal. Sadly I had never been able to successfully launch a cluster. Not, that is, until […]
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