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SQL Server AlwaysOn Template in Microsoft Azure Portal Gallery

A new template has been added to the Microsoft Azure Portal Gallery and is currently in preview. The SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn template automates the creation of a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group, taking care of the setup steps behind the scenes.

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Azure HDInsight makes HBase (NoSQL database) a GA Feature

On June 6, Microsoft announced HBase as a preview feature of Azure HDInsight. On August 21, we announced the general availability of HBase (along with the preview of Azure DocumentDB and Search). Apache HBase is a columnar NoSQL (“not only Structured Query Language”) distributed database project of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.