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Please sign in to download SQL Server 2014. If you have not registered before you will be asked to do so.
You can only download this evaluation from a desktop computer.
See how in-memory processing built into SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough performance to accelerate your business and enable new, transformational scenarios that make you more competitive. Microsoft offers comprehensive in-memory technologies for OLTP, data warehousing, and analytics built directly into SQL Server, so there is no need to buy specialized hardware, expensive add-ons or learn new skills to speed your transactions, your queries and your insights.
In addition, SQL Server 2014 also provides new hybrid solutions for cloud backup and disaster recovery as well as takes advantage of new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2 to provide enterprise-class availability and scalability with predictable performance and reduced infrastructure costs. SQL Server 2014 also continues to offer industry leading business intelligence capabilities and integration with familiar tools like Excel for faster insights on your data.
Need more information about SQL Server 2014? See the product details page.
- In-Memory OLTP: Provides in-memory OLTP capabilities built into core SQL Server database to significantly improve the transactional speed and throughput of your database application. In-Memory OLTP is installed with the SQL Server 2014 Engine without requiring any additional actions and allows in-memory performance benefits without rewriting your database application or refreshing your hardware. In-Memory OLTP allows you to access the other rich features in SQL Server, while taking advantage of in-memory performance.
- In-Memory Updateable ColumnStore: Provides higher compression, richer query support and updateability of the existing ColumnStore for data warehousing workloads giving you even faster load speed, query performance, concurrency, and even lower price per terabyte.
- Extending Memory to SSDs: Seamlessly and transparently integrates solid-state storage into SQL Server by using SSDs as an extension to the database buffer pool, allowing more in-memory processing and reducing disk IO.
- Enhanced High Availability
o New AlwaysOn features: Availability Groups now support up to 8 secondary replicas that remain available for reads at all times, even in the presence of network failures. Failover Cluster Instances now support Windows Cluster Shared Volumes, improving the utilization of shared storage and increasing failover resiliency.
o Improved Online Database Operations: Includes single partition online index rebuild and managing lock priority for table partition switch, reducing maintenance downtime impact.
- Encrypted Backup: Provides encryption support for backups, on-premise and on Microsoft Azure.
- IO Resource Governance: Resource pools now support configuration of minimum and maximum IOPS per volume, enabling more comprehensive resource isolation controls.
- Hybrid Scenarios:
o SQL Server Backup to Azure: Provides management and automation of SQL Server backups (from on-premise and Microsoft Azure) to Microsoft Azure storage.
o AlwaysOn with Azure Secondaries: Easily add replicas in Microsoft Azure to on-premise Availability Groups.
o SQL XI (XStore Integration): Supports SQL Server Database files (from on-premise and Microsoft Azure) on Microsoft Azure Storage blobs.
Deployment Wizard: Easily deploy on-premise SQL Server databases to Microsoft Azure.
The Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Feature Pack is a collection of stand-alone packages which provide additional value for Microsoft SQL Server. It includes the latest version of:
- Tool and components for Microsoft SQL Server 2014
- Add-on providers for Microsoft SQL Server 2014
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- SQL Server 2014 ISO 32-bit ISO
- SQL Server 2014 ISO 64-bit ISO
- SQL Server 2014 32-bit CAB
- SQL Server 2014 64-bit CAB
- SQL Server 2014 on Microsoft Azure
- Review SQL Server 2014 system requirements and release notes
- Register, then download and install full-featured software for a 180-day trial
- Receive emails with resources to guide you through your evaluation
Note: You must have administrative rights on the computer to install SQL Server 2014.
SQL Server 2014 DVD Image: You can use this ISO image to burn your own DVD.
- Download the following .ISO file from the Evaluation Center:
- Using your DVD-burning software, select the options to burn a DVD from an .ISO image. When you are prompted for a file to use, select the image file that you downloaded. After burning the DVD, locate and double-click Setup.exe on the DVD to begin the installation.
SQL Server 2014 CAB file:
- Download the following files from the Evaluation Center to a temporary directory on your device:
Once the download(s) are complete, double click on the SQLServer2014-<architecture>-<language>.exe to begin the installation process.
SQL Server 2014 on Microsoft Azure:
For instructions on how to install SQL Server 2014 on Microsoft Azure, please go to the Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services Page.
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