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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

SQL Server 2012 released!

Exciting news!  Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing (RTM). Customers and partners can download an evaluation (or here) of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1 (see Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Release Notes).

If you’re an MSDN/TechNet subscriber, you can download it as of March 7.  If you’re a volume-license customer, you can download it from the Volume Licensing Center on April 1.

Click here to read my blogs about all the new features in SQL Server 2012 or check out BOL’s  What’s new in Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

Tomorrow, don’t forget to attend the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event, featuring keynotes by Ted Kummert and Quentin Clark and a number of video presentations about SQL Server 2012 by other SQL Server experts.

Other downloads that are RTM ready:

More info:

SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012, Drives Advancements in Big Data

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012 to Help Customers Manage “Any Data, Any Size, Anywhere”

Microsoft releases to manufacturing SQL Server 2012

First Look: Inside SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 Partner Skills and Training Resources Collection for you

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