As promised, Microsoft has released SQL Server 2014 today to MSDN subscribers, as well as a trial download on TechNet. SQL Server 2014 is considered the foundation of the company's cloud-first data platform.
"SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough performance with new and enhanced in-memory technologies to help customers accelerate their business and enable new, transformational scenarios. In addition, SQL Server 2014 enables new hybrid cloud solutions to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing with scenarios such as cloud backup and cloud disaster recovery for on-premises SQL Server installations," Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
SQL Server 2014 offers industry-leading business intelligence capabilities though integration with Excel and Power BI for Office 365, offering faster insights. Microsoft is also releasing SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool, which allows customers to backup older versions of SQL Server to Azure storage.
Hit the download link below to be taken to the TechNet download center. You can also head over here to see what's new in SQL Server 2014.
Thanks for the tip, Andrew!