Chapter 1. Introduction to SQL Server 2016

SQL Server is the main relational database management product from Microsoft. It has been around in one form or another since the late 1980s (developed in partnership with Sybase), but as a standalone Microsoft product since the early 1990s. During the last 20 years, SQL Server has changed and evolved, gaining newer features and functionality along the way.

The SQL Server we know today is based on what was arguably the most significant (r)evolutionary step in its history, with the release of SQL Server 2005. The changes that were introduced have allowed the versions that followed the 2005 release to take advantage of newer hardware and software improvements such as: 64-bit memory architecture, better multi-CPU ...

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