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SQL Server 2019: Your modern data platform

Get to know the features and benefits now available in SQL Server 2019.

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SQL Server 2019

SQL Server 2017

SQL Server 2016

Intelligence across all your data

Data virtualization using PolyBase[1]

Database performance

In-memory database: in-memory OLTP

In-Memory Database: Persistent Memory[2]

In-memory database: memory-optimized tempdb

Real-time operational analytics

Intelligent query processing

Intelligent performance


Always on

Accelerated database recovery

Read scale-out availability groups


Always encrypted

Always encrypted with secure enclaves

Data discovery and classification

Transparent data encryption

Backup encryption support

Encryption at rest and in motion

Dynamic data masking and row-level security

Cloud readiness

Backup to Azure

Disaster recovery to Azure

Optimized virtual machine (VM) images in Azure gallery

Free asynchronous replication on Azure Virtual Machines for disaster recovery

Management and programmability

Linux support

Container support

Kubernetes support

Temporal tables

JSON support

Graph data support

UTF 8 support

Java support

Azure Data Studio to manage SQL Server including support for T-SQL using notebooks

Database compatibility certification

BI and Analytics Support

Integration services managed as a server

Tabular BI semantic model[3]

Master data services[3]

Data quality services[3]

Many-to-many relationships in tabular models

End-to-end mobile BI on any device

SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) direct query

Calculation groups in tabular model

[1] For HDFS and Azure Blob Storage only(For SQL Server 2017, SQL Server 2016 only).

[2] For tail of the log only (For SQL Server 2017, SQL Server 2016 only).

[3] SQL Server Enterprise edition only.

Available SQL Server 2019 editions

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