Migrating To SQL Server 2016

Features & Benefits of SQL 2016

Migrate Your Applications to SQL Server The Leading Data Solution

We all know there is a lot of data in the world, with the amount growing exponentially, and because of this, SQL databases are often the 'backbone' of an organisation's IT architecture.

Many organisations rely on SQL Server to make the most of their data regardless of where it resides or how they want to use it, and the platform delivers industry leading value at a fraction of the price of it's competitors. 

Below we take a closer look at SQL Server 2016's powerful capabilities...

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SQL SERVER 2016 Features & Benefits

Industry Leader in Mission Critical Capabilities

SQL Server 2016 delivers breakthrough mission-critical capabilities in scalability, performance, and availability for your most important OLTP and data warehousing workloads.

  • Scale up to 12TB of memory and 640 logical processors with Windows Server 2016
  • Reach up to 30x faster transactions and 100x faster queries with enhanced in-memory performance
  • Run real-time Operational Analytics over transactional data
  • Balance loads across readable secondaries in Always On availability groups

Security & Performance

The multi-layered approach to security has a proven track record of producing the least vulnerable database, even while being the most widely-used database on the planet.

  • Rely on a database with the least vulnerabilities of any major platform—six years in a row
  • Protect data at rest and in motion with TDE and new Always Encrypted
  • Mask sensitive data with minimal application impact using Dynamic Data Masking
  • Grant access based on user characteristics with Row Level Security

Comprehensive Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2016 delivers a comprehensive, on-premises, enterprise-ready BI platform that helps you to transform complex data into actionable insights.

  • Create modern reports and visualise dense data with additional chart types
  • Access KPIs and mobile and paginated reports using the SQL Server Reporting Services web portal
  • Get faster SQL Server Analysis Services performance with parallel processing
  • Use enhanced multidimensional models in SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Easily set up SQL Server Data Tools Preview in Visual Studio 2015

In-database Advanced Analytics

Built-in advanced analytics provide scalability and performance for building and running your advanced analytics algorithms directly in the core SQL Server transactional database.

  • Transform complex data from multiple sources into trusted data models using the most popular statistical modelling language
  • Process analytics in-place, reducing latencies and operational costs
  • Write models once and deploy anywhere: in-database, to the cloud, or to Linux, Hadoop, and Teradata
  • Access thousands of R Scripts and Models in CRAN (Common R Archival Network)

Consistent Experience from On-premises to Cloud

SQL Server 2016 delivers a consistent experience both on-premises and cloud. You get an exceptional experience whether data is in your datacenter, in a private cloud, or on Azure.

  • Dynamically stretch warm and cold data to Azure with Stretch Database
  • Tackle your mission-critical workloads with larger Azure virtual machine sizes
  • Rely on our cloud-first features, tested by millions of Azure databases
  • Use the skills you already have with common development and management tools and common T-SQL everywhere