SQL Server 2016 offers a wealth of new and improved features that enhance key areas including speed, scale, security, uptime, analytics, Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) support, development capabilities, deployment flexibility, and more granular management. New features include PolyBase with Hardoop support for combining structured and unstructured data simultaneously from multiple locations, columnstore indexes for real-time analytics, Always Encrypted for enhanced security, integrated development support for JSON and R language, and Mobile Reports for making business intelligence (BI) insights available anywhere on any device.
Progent's Microsoft-certified SQL Server consultants have worked extensively with all versions of SQL Server since its inception and can help you assess the benefits of migrating to SQL Server 2016 from previous releases of SQL Server, including legacy versions no longer supported by Microsoft, or from other database systems. Progent offers the talents of a Microsoft Certified Solution Master: Data Platform and Microsoft Certified Trainer for SQL Server and can help you transfer data and applications to SQL Server 2016, enhance your network architecture for on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid deployments, develop or debug application software, provide DBA services, enhance and verify security and compliance, and train individuals or teams to manage and use your SQL Server 2016 ecosystem productively.
Progent also offers Wi-Fi consulting and mobile integration services and can help you build a secure BYOD environment for SQL Server 2016 by offering services such as Apple iPhone and iPad integration, Android phone and tablet management, and RIM BlackBerry consulting.
Progent offers on-premises and online consulting and troubleshooting services to organizations of all sizes for creating a robust and secure SQL Server 2016 solution. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can also assist you to integrate SQL Server 2016 with all other key platforms from Microsoft such as Windows Server, Hyper-V, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Skype for Business or Lync, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Dynamics GP, and System Center Operations Manager.
Progent's experienced application developers can help you design, build, test, deploy and debug applications powered by SQL Server 2016 and offer expertise in data modeling, OLTP, Data Warehousing, Data Mining, ETL, performance tuning, backup and disaster recovery, business analytics (BI) and reporting, and integration with Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS). To learn more about Progent's SQL Server application development and troubleshooting services, refer to SQL Server software development and DBA services.
Editions of SQL Server 2016
SQL Server 2016 is available in a range of editions that vary considerably in cost and capability. Progent can assist you to decide which versions of SQL Server makes sense for your applications and Progent can help you understand SQL Server 2016 licensing options.
SQL Server 2016 Express is free and is designed for desktop and light server applications. Versions of SQL Server Express include SQL Server 2016 Express with Tools, which includes SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and SQL Server 2016 Express with Advanced Services, which includes Basic R integration.
SQL Server 2016 Standard is designed to provide data management and business intelligence capabilities for small business and departmental environments and can support on-premises or cloud deployments. Added features include delayed durability, row-level security, dynamic data masking, analysis services, basic data mining support, and backup encryption. The value-priced SQL Server 2016 Web edition is designed for hosting web sites and provides less scale and fewer features than the Standard edition.
SQL Server 2016 Enterprise is intended for line-of-business applications and offers world-class scale and performance with unlimited virtualization. Availability features include online page and file restore, online indexing, and online schema change. Scalability and performance features include real-time operational analytics, In-Memory Column Store, table and index partitioning, data compression, Partition Table Parallelism, and In Memory OLTP. SQL Server 2016 Developer edition is free and has all the features of the Enterprise edition but is not licensed for production use.
For a more detailed description of the different editions of SQL Server 2016, see SQL Server 2016 editions and licensing consulting.
New and Enhanced Features of SQL Server 2016
SQL Server 2016 offers an abundance of new features and enhancements associated with the Database Engine, SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and Master Data Services (MDS).
The Database Engine, which is responsible for secure data storage and processing, is used to create and manage databases for OLTP or online analytical processing. New or improved features to the SQL Server 2016 Database Engine include:
PolyBase is a headline enhancement in SQL Server 2016. PolyBase allows users to query non-relational data in Hardoop, Microsoft Azure Storage blobs and files and join the results with existing relational databases in SQL Server 2016. PolyBase allows users to run analytics and BI on data residing on premises or in the cloud, enabling powerful hybrid scenarios. (Learn about Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and cloud integration consulting services.)
For more information about the new and enhanced features of the SQL Server 2016 Database Engine, refer to SQL Server 2016 Database Engine consulting.
SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) 2016
SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) 2016 provides the analytical data visualization tools for business reports and client applications like Power BI, Excel and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). New or improved areas of SSAS 2016 include:
SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2016
SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2016 helps you to create enterprise-class data integration and workflow applications such as ETL (extraction, transformation, and load) packages for data warehousing. SSIS 2016 introduces new and enhanced features that simplify management, expand connectivity, and improve usability. Improved areas include:
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2016
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2016 allow you to build, publish, manage and access reports. Depending on your deployment topology, administrators and users can interact with an SSRS 2016 report server via the Reporting Services Web service, WMI provider, URL access, or scripts. SSRS 2016 provides important enhancements in areas that include:
Mobile Reports is another headline innovation in SQL Server 2016. The new Mobile Report Publisher allows you to build reports that dynamically adjust the layout of content to fit different screen sizes and that also adjust automatically to screen rotation. This makes it easy to create reports that display equally well on desktops, notebooks, smartphones and tablets.
For a fuller description of the improvements in SSRS 2016, see SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (SSRS) consulting.
Master Data Services (MDS)
SQL Server 2016 Master Data Services (MDS) allows model administrators to create and manage models, entities, attributes and attribute groups, explicit and derived hierarchies, business rules and metadata, to deploy models, and to perform other master data management (MDM) functions to simplify data integration. Microsoft SQL Server 2016 offers a wealth of new and improved features that enhance MDS performance, scale, security and manageability. Enhanced areas include:
How Progent Can Help You with SQL Server 2016
Progent's consultants offer online and onsite consulting services to help you plan, deploy and maintain your SQL Server 2016 ecosystem. Progent can help you assess the benefits and risks of migrating to SQL Server 2016 and can help you determine a deployment strategy for an on-premises, cloud, or hybrid solution. Progent can assist you to migrate your data and applications, configure test systems to confirm SQL Server 2016's support for your key workloads, streamline management, define and validate a comprehensive security plan that meets industry and government standards, integrate handheld devices to enable BYOD computing, and develop a disaster recovery plan that utilizes the advanced high-availability mechanisms incorporated into SQL Server 2016. Progent can also help you design, program and debug applications based on SQL Server 2016.
Consulting services available from Progent for SQL Server 2016 include:
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