The release of the Server 2014 came close on the heels of SQL Server 2012 release. Most organizations found it a hurdle to adapt to the new changes. This is mainly because upgrading the core pieces of any IT infrastructure can turn out to be resource-intensive and costly. Nonetheless, Server 2014 boasts of compelling and exciting new features that surely justify an upgrade.
The brand new in-memory OLTP stands out as the most outstanding feature of the many offered by this system. It promises mind-blowing performances when it comes to OLTP apps. The past SQL Server releases focused much on BI (Business Intelligence). The fact that the latest release has the in-memory OLTP engine is a big welcome especially to the relational database professionals. It should be one reason for you to give this new version a try.
Improved windows server integration
The Server 2014 offers enhanced integration with the Windows Server 2012. The latest release will have the capability of scaling up to six hundred and forty logical processors as well as 4TB of memory in any physical environment. It can also scale up to sixty-four virtual processors and one terabyte of memory when it runs on a VM (virtual machine)
It also offers a new SSD (solid-state disk) integration capability. This effortlessly enables you to use your SSD storage to inflate its buffer pool. These buffer pool improvements can be of great help when you want to increase the performance of your systems especially those that have maxed out the memory ability by using the high-speed nonvolatile NVRAM within the SSD drives. The latest buffer pool extensions can offer great performance gains for the read-heavy OLTP workloads.
Enhancements to backups
The Server 2014 brings with it SQL database backups that support the built-in database encryptions. The previous releases all needed third party products to encrypt the database backups. This backup encryption process normally either uses an asymmetric or certificate key for data encryption. Some of the assisted backup encryption algorithms include Triple DEA, and AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 128.
The Server 2014 additionally offers a new Windows azure integration to the SQL server’s backup abilities. One can effortlessly specify particular Windows as a target for the Server 2014 database backup. This incredible feature completely incorporates into SSMS.
The Updateable Columnstore Indexes
This provides another area that boasts of incredible performance when it comes to in-memory technologies. The main reason behind the introduction of the columnstore was to offer greatly improved performance especially for the data warehousing query types. For some types of queries, columnstore indexes can offer close to ten times improvements in performance. Nonetheless, in the original columnstore indexes implementation, the underlying table had to remain read-only.
The Server 2014 impressively eliminates this particular restriction. It enables users toperform updates in the underlying table without the need of dropping the columnstore index. It uses all the table columns. You cannot combine it with other indexes.
For sure, the Server 2014 boasts of countless incredible features that make it worth using.