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Gartner Report: How to Prepare for Windows Server 2008 End of Support

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will reach end of support on January 14, 2020.  Featuring a step-by-step decision tree and detailed graphics, this Gartner report discusses specific recommendations that infrastructure and operations leaders tasked with data center modernization or consolidation initiatives should implement. Download the report to learn how to:Determine your migration priorities by evaluating business impact, ease of migration, and risk.Create a migration strategy for your applications and systems by starting with environments that have the highest business impact.Quantify the impact on operations budgets by capturing the costs involved with the preferred migration options. 

Gartner names Microsoft a Leader in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA)

Gartner has, once again, recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA) for 2019. “Gartner defines DMSA as a complete software system that supports and manages data in one or more file management systems (usually databases). DMSAs include specific optimizations to support analytical processing. The breadth and scope of associated roles and skills is also expanding as organizations engage with new use cases. These use cases include supporting ongoing traditional, operational, logical, and context-independent data warehousing." At Microsoft, we've championed a data platform evolution to make big data processing and analytics simpler and more accessible, helping you transform data into intelligent action. We do this through SQL Server 2017 and key Azure services such as Azure SQL Data Warehouse (a fully managed, Massively Parallel Processing, or MPP, cloud data warehouse) and Azure Databricks (an Apache Spark-based analytics platform). Start exploring our comprehensive portfolio of solutions for data warehousing, big data, and advanced analytics solutions.

The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Delivery and Release Automation, Q4 2018

To enhance software velocity and quality, organizations are turning to continuous delivery and release automation (CDRA) providers. Forrester analysts expect CDRA offerings will transform and consolidate over the next year. Organizations must follow the market or miss opportunities to create distinguished customer experiences and meet intensifying business needs. Read this Forrester Wave™ report for insight into the maturing CDRA market and see why Azure DevOps ranks as a leader among 15 significant providers. You’ll also discover:Three aspects of CDRA to understand before choosing a vendor.How artificial intelligence and cloud environments shape CDRA offerings.Best practices for pipeline management and release automation.Key decisions and tradeoffs to consider in designing and implementing a continuous delivery toolchain. 

Hybrid Cloud Demands Consistency

Business stakeholders, development teams, and IT teams will benefit from a hybrid cloud approach that offers consistent services, tools, security, and operations wherever they choose to build, modernize, or deploy applications. Download this Forrester report discussing the state of the hybrid cloud, concerns with using multiple cloud platforms, and the most important capabilities in a hybrid cloud platform that would enable firms to overcome their challenges. 

Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

As you prepare to migrate SQL Server to the cloud, it’s important to gather the facts for your next move. Find out what we believe you need to know about hybrid cloud options and why migrating SQL Server to Azure is the right choice to support your current and future database needs. In particular, when you migrate to Azure, security updates and end of support deadlines become a thing of the past because security and version updates are applied automatically to your SQL Server workloads. Read how, for the sixth year in a row, Gartner has named Microsoft a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. The report details how Microsoft achieved the highest position for its ability to execute. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, Merv Adrian, Donald Feinberg, Nick Heudecker, 22 October 2018.  

The Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Get a better understanding of the benefits, costs, and risks associated with deploying Azure SQL Database Managed Instance in this Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft. Four customers were interviewed about their experience migrating their on-premises SQL Server workloads to the cloud using Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. In addition to a projected return on investment of 212 percent over three years, the analysis showed that a representative organization based on the interviewed customers also experienced:A 20 percent increase in IT productivity.A 40 percent productivity improvement for database administrators.CAPEX and OPEX benefits, including $1.8 million of avoided hardware, network, storage, and ongoing maintenance costs. Download the study analysis now to learn about the potential financial impact Azure can have on your organization.  

The Forrester Wave™: Industrial IoT Software Platforms, Q3 2018

Discover why Microsoft Azure is a leader when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT). The Q3 2018 Forrester Wave named Microsoft as one of the most significant Industrial IoT software platform providers. Read the report to learn more about key offerings like: End-to-end security.A comprehensive set of development tools and advanced analytics.An increasingly broad set of open-source tools. 

Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

As you prepare for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support in July 2019, it’s important to gather the facts for your next move. Find out what you need to know about hybrid cloud options and why migrating SQL Server to Azure is the right choice to support your current and future database needs. Read the report to learn why Gartner named Microsoft a leader in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. The report details how Microsoft achieved:• The highest position for its ability to execute. • The furthest placement for overall completeness of vision. 

Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

As you prepare for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support in July 2019, it’s important to gather the facts for your next move. Find out what you need to know about hybrid cloud options and why migrating SQL Server to Azure is the right choice to support your current and future database needs. Read the report to learn why Gartner named Microsoft a leader in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. The report details how Microsoft achieved:The highest position for its ability to execute.The furthest placement for overall completeness of vision.  

Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

As you prepare for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support in July 2019, it’s important to gather the facts for your next move. Find out what you need to know about hybrid cloud options and why migrating SQL Server to Azure is the right choice to support your current and future database needs. Read the report to learn why Gartner named Microsoft a leader in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. The report details how Microsoft achieved:The highest position for its ability to execute.The furthest placement for overall completeness of vision.