SQL Server 2012 offered a fresh look at how organizations and their developers, information workers, and executives use and integrate data. SQL Server 2014 continues that story and pushes forward into the future with the integration of cloud and in-memory technologies. Exciting new features and improvements provide breakthrough performance, availability, and manageability for mission-critical workloads on premises or in the cloud. This chapter provides enough information to give you an understanding of how SQL Server operates.
The SQL Server data platform has become quite large over the past few releases. This first section provides a review of the overall SQL Server ecosystem, which is now referred to as less of a product and more of a data platform, because many interactions with other products and features drive increased performance, scale, and usability. SQL Server 2014 focuses on the following areas: