Summary:Microsoft's first public preview of the next version of its SQL Server database is coming this summer. Here's what to expect.Microsoft is readying a first public preview of its next version of SQL Server, called SQL Server 2016, for delivery this summer.
The Polybase data-processing engine that's been part of the SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse appliance will now be built into the core SQL Server 2016 product.
Other new features coming to the SQL Server 2016 release, according to Microsoft's blog post:
Additional security enhancements for Row-level Security and Dynamic Data Masking to round out our security investments with Always Encrypted.
- Improvements to AlwaysOn for more robust availability and disaster recovery with multiple synchronous replicas and secondary load balancing.
- Native JSON support to offer better performance and support for your many types of your data.
- SQL Server Enterprise Information Management (EIM) tools and Analysis Services get an upgrade in performance, usability and scalability.
- Faster hybrid backups, high availability and disaster recovery scenarios to backup and restore your on-premises databases to Azure and place your SQL Server AlwaysOn secondaries in Azure.