Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2016 SP1

Finally, SP1 For Microsoft SQL Server Is Available

SQL Server 2016 service pack 1 has been released and it is a major one! You can freely download it here.
Why is this Service Pack so important? Mainly because a lot of Enterprise Edition database engine features are now available in the other editions as well. For example, you can now enable compression and use columnstore indexes in Standard Edition. This is great news for existing customers who can now implement faster databases for no extra cost. Not everyone can afford Enterprise Edition but aren't they entitled to enterprise class features within their data centers. This DBA says yes.

This is fantastic news, of course. A bit less fantastic news was that Power BI Desktop on premises probably won’t be implemented in SQL Server 2016, but rather for SQL Server vNext. I can’t deny that I’m quite disappointed.

More information can be found here. But enough about the bad news. SQL Server 2016 SP1 is not only great for customers that don’t have Enterprise Edition, but there are also some enhancements and bug fixes:
The official announcements:

In short, SQL Server 2016 SP1 is a great opportunity for people who have already SQL Server 2016 but don’t have Enterprise Edition installed. Furthermore, it’s a good reason to upgrade to SQL Server 2016 if you haven’t already.

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