Upgrading your software can be daunting, Microsoft knows. The fast pace of business makes it easy to tell yourself, “I’ll do it later when I have time.” Microsoft gets it! But here are five key reasons to make time to upgrade to SQL Server 2016, which was named DBMS of the Year in 2016 by DBengines.com.
- Seamless step-up without rewriting apps. Thanks to November’s SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 (SP1), SQL Server now has one programming surface across all editions. If you switch from Express to Standard, or Standard to Enterprise, you don’t have to rework code to take advantage of additional features. Time saved! In addition, the change brings access to innovative features across performance, security, and analytics not previously available in Express or Standard—a great reason to upgrade applications that run on those editions. The Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2016 continues to set the industry benchmark in terms of price, performance, and scalability at unparalleled TCO.
- Take back your weekend. With SQL Server 2016 you won’t have to wait for weekends or after-hours to run analytical workloads. You don’t have to wait until you can extract, transform, and load (ETL) the data to your Enterprise Data Warehouse, either. Now you can run your analytics workloads simultaneously on your operational data, without losing performance, by using in-memory OLTP tables and in-memory columnstore together. This process can provide real-time operational analytics, also known as hybrid transactional/analytics processing (HTAP). Get even more from your data with in-database advanced analytics using R statistical language, so you can model and score quickly and at scale with native integration in SQL Server’s T-SQL query language. Read all the details here.
- Unparalleled level of data security. Rest easy, you don’t need to lose sleep over potential breaches when your data is Always Encrypted—whether at rest or in motion. With SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database, your database data remains encrypted at all times; at rest, during computation, and while processing queries. This is in addition to row-level security and new dynamic data-masking capabilities built-in. This 2-minute video explains how Always Encrypted works.
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