SQL Server 2022 is cutting the public preview time in half, leaving less time to find and fix real-world problems; consequently, customers should reevaluate immediate upgrade plans.
Azure Arc enabled data services offers a method to deploy select Azure PaaS database services on-premises, in third-party clouds, and in Azure Kubernetes Services.
Azure Data Factory Native mode introduces Power Query support and SQL scripting to help developers onboard existing data transformation processes.
The sudden deprecation and eventual removal of SQL Server 2019’s Big Data Clusters feature marks a significant change in how Microsoft supports perpetually licensed products, and what support life cycles mean.
SQL Server is retiring Big Data Clusters in early 2025 (along with some PolyBase capabilities); customers should abandon plans to use the features and seek alternative solutions.
Azure SQL Managed Instance continues to receive new capabilities that make it more like SQL Server on-premises, providing a destination for migration
Azure SQL Managed Instance expands enterprise management and security controls, removing more barriers to migration.
SQL Server 2012 Integration Services can impact the migration from SQL Server 2012, and new database trends and Azure offerings suggest customers should consider new alternatives.
SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services and Analysis Services add to the complexity of migrating from SQL Server 2012, but multiple cloud offerings offer long-term support.
Free migration tools can help find SQL Server instances in an organization's network, analyze the instances for potential upgrade issues, and perform automated and live migrations.