Analytics Platform System 2016 Update Builds on SQL Server2016 RTM'd

Appliance update, Analytics Platform System (APS) 2016 released to manufacturing. New Exchange Online migration simplify onboarding experience more seamless for many Exchange customers.

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Analytics Platform System 2016, released to manufacturing and is now generally available today on Monday Nov, 28th. APS is Microsoft's scale-out Massively Parallel Processing fully integrated system for data warehouse specific workloads.

APS 2016 offers additional language coverage to support migrations from SQL Server and other platforms. Additionally, it also features improved security for hybrid scenarios and the latest security and bug fixes through new firmware and driver updates.

This appliance update builds on the SQL Server 2016 release as a foundation to bring many value-added features.

Transact-SQL are now broadly supported by APS 2016, including a broader set of T-SQL compatibility with support for wider rows and a large number of rows.

PolyBase/Hadoop enhancements now supports the latest Hortonworks HDP 2.4 and HDP 2.5.

Hardware architecture updates bring the latest generation processor support (Broadwell), DDR4 DIMMs, and improved DIMM throughput – these will ship with hardware purchased from HPE, Dell or Quanta.

APS 2016 also supports Fully Qualified Domain Name support, making it possible to setup a domain trust to the appliance. It also ships with the latest firmware/driver updates containing security updates and fixes.

The latest APS update offer flexibility of choice with Microsoft's data warehouse portfolio, by enabling customers exploring data warehouse products can also consider "SQL Server with Fast Track for Data Warehouse" or "Azure SQL Data Warehouse," a cloud based fully managed service.

Microsoft is rolling out a new migration experience through a new 'Hybrid Wizard' between Office 365 and Exchange Online, that will customers running at least one Exchange 2010, 2013 and/or 2016 server on-premises to migrate to the cloud seamlessly.

This new hybrid wizard walks through the configuration needed to migrate users to Exchange Online and based on your current configuration and the options selected while running the hybrid wizard, you will be taken down one of the following paths:

  • Full Hybrid, is a common configuration for customers that are larger in size and will take some time to migrate or customers that will not be able to move all their mailboxes to Exchange Online in the short to medium term.
  • Minimal Hybrid allows you to configure your environment to support hybrid migrations and recipient administration without the need for the additional overhead of configuring free/busy and other enhanced features of full hybrid.
  • Express migration is the path in the Hybrid Configuration Wizard that will benefit smaller customers or a customer that truly wants to move to Exchange Online over the course of a couple of weeks or less.
New Hybrid Migration Wizard for Office 365 and Exchange Online

New Hybrid Migration Wizard for Office 365 and Exchange Online

New Hybrid Data Wizard for Office 365 and Exchange Online

New Hybrid Data Wizard for Office 365 and Exchange Online

Microsoft has released VMM SDN Express for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016 (VMM 2016).

Do you want a VMM solution that can deploy an entire SDN fabric without you having to move through multiple VMM wizards or having to wait for very long? What if you could specify all the parameters in a single file and let VMM take over all the SDN deployment tasks, where you simply come back later and see the complete VMM SDN stack deployed?

VMM SDN Express does exactly that, and then some. The successful deployment is completely manageable with the VMM UI post deployment, and failed deployments roll back entirely leaving your fabric ready for another deployment attempt while providing you with the required logs to investigate the causes of failure.

VMM SDN Express for VMM 2016