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January 17, 2024

Exploring Windows Server and SQL Server Updates at Microsoft Ignite 2023

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Patrick Widjaja

Product Marketing Manager, Azure Marketing

This year, Microsoft Ignite 2023 took place in Seattle, Washington from November 12 to 15, 2023 and it was such a wonderful experience to meet and interact with nearly 5,000 of you in person, and many more online across the globe. One common theme stood out throughout the event: the potential of AI is becoming reality, and it’s happening right now. One news roundup even called Microsoft’s vision for AI an “everyday reality.”1 Get More Info about the economic impact of AI in business and industries in a recent IDC study that Microsoft commissioned.

However, as many organizations like yours are eager to innovate with AI for various use cases, it is also very important, if not more, to have a solid IT foundation that can support that ambitious AI vision—from a cost, performance, and security perspective. The last thing companies want is to make a big investment in AI and machine learning initiatives too soon, without the bandwidth, guardrails, or necessary performance in place to support it.

Your IT infrastructure’s core consists of crucial investments in vital business operations like Windows Server and SQL Server, which have served as the base structure for many enterprises for over three decades. The challenge is to modernize these fundamental technologies to harness the full potential of AI, facilitating a secure adoption of AI that will help you outperform your competitors.

If you missed some of the presentations at Ignite or would like a refresher on Windows Server and SQL Server, we have got you covered. This blog post will highlight the main Ignite sessions focusing on Windows Server and SQL Server, including various announcements, demonstrations, and customer testimonials.

In the What’s New in Windows Server v.Next  session, we preview the forthcoming features for Windows Server that allow IT professionals and developers to update their applications and facilitate hybrid use cases. The session covered Active Directory, File Server, Storage, Hyper-V, Security, among others.

In the session titled Do more with Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure , highlights how increasing utilization of Windows Server and SQL Server on Microsoft Azure can deliver more technical and business benefits. This session provides insights into Azure’s optimal cost benefits, performance, and security for these workloads. It also provides tips and demos on how to extend Azure’s innovations to your hybrid and multi-cloud environments with Azure Arc.

Migrate to Innovate: Be AI-ready, secure, and optimize operations : An immersive session for IT practitioners on migration to Azure, highlighting practical steps, demos, and guidance. Emphasized how migrating to Azure benefits your organization’s AI impact, enhances security and optimizes operations. Azure Migrate was highlighted as a first step into Azure.

Learn Live: Upgrade and migrate Windows Server IaaS virtual machines : An online session offering guidance on migrating a workload running in Windows Server to an IaaS virtual machine and to Windows Server 2022 using Windows Server migration tools or the Storage Migration Service.

Get superior price and performance with Azure cloud-scale databases : A session aimed at improving performance with the latest capabilities for Azure SQL Databases, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and SQL Server enabled by Azure Arc for hybrid and multi-cloud. This session covers migration to Azure Database for MySQL, focusing on tactical ways to maximize application utility with user-friendly databases that deliver unparalleled price and performance, support open-source, and enable transformative AI technologies.

Accelerate your SQL migration with Azure Data Migration Service : A demo showcasing the new Azure Data Migration Service’s capabilities for readiness assessment, SKU recommendations based on workload rightsizing, and online and offline data migration across Portal, Azure Data Studio, PowerShell, and CLI experiences necessary for your SQL Server migration journey to Azure from on-premises.

Migrate to innovate: Modernize your data on Azure SQL Managed Instance : In this session, you can watch new performance enhancements in action and experience the ease of online migration to Azure SQL Managed Instance using the link feature. See how you can continue to modernize on Azure through Microsoft Fabric integration and connections to other Azure services.

Bring enhanced manageability to SQL Server anywhere with Azure Arc : Join this discussion to discover how connecting your SQL Servers to Azure can enhance your management, security, and governance capabilities with live demos. SQL Server enabled by Azure Arc is a hybrid cloud solution that allows you to manage, secure, and govern your SQL Server estate running anywhere from Azure. Our experts will also explore different options for deploying Azure Arc to your SQL Servers at scale.

Ready to take the next step in modernizing your Windows Server and SQL Server? Here are some quick resources to get started:

ITProToday, Microsoft Ignite 2023 Envisions AI as an Everyday Reality, November 16, 2023.

October 10th, 2023 marks the end of support date for Windows Server 2012/R2 and we Get More Info

This July, we are celebrating an incredible 30-year anniversary of Windows Server! We’re grateful for Get More Info

Join us at Securely Migrate and Optimize with Azure digital event on Thursday, April 26, Get More Info

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