Apply intelligence across all your data with SQL Server 2019

Whether your data is structured or unstructured, query and analyze it using the data platform with industry-leading performance and security.

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SQL Server 2019 features


Break down data silos


Gain insights from all your data by querying across your entire data estate—SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Cosmos DB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Oracle, Teradata, HDFS, and others—without moving or replicating the data.


Manage both structured and unstructured data


Build a shared data lake by combining both structured and unstructured data in SQL Server and accessing the data using either T-SQL or Spark.


AI across all your data


Big Data Clusters provide all the tools and systems to ingest, store, and prepare data for analysis, as well as to train, store, and operationalize machine learning models.

Run SQL Server anywhere


Use SQL Server with Windows and Linux containers, plus deploy and manage your deployments using Kubernetes.

#1 in performance


Get record-breaking performance on Windows and Linux. SQL Server consistently leads across the TPC-E OLTP workload, TPC-H data warehousing workload, and real-world application performance benchmarks.[1]


Intelligent database capabilities


Upgrade and modernize your SQL Server database on-premises, in the cloud, and at the edge. Database compatibility certification eliminates the risk of application incompatibility. Use in-memory database capabilities such as persistent memory support and memory-optimized tempdb to improve performance for your mission critical workloads.

Fewest vulnerabilities for nine years


Protect data at rest and in motion with a database that has the fewest vulnerabilities of any major platform for nine years running in the National Institute of Standards and Technologies National Vulnerabilities Database.[2]


Built-in security and compliance


Use built-in features for data classification, data protection, and monitoring and alerts. SQL Server 2019 monitors, identifies, and provides alerts on suspicious activity—even identifying and remediating security gaps and misconfigurations.


Always encrypted data enclaves


Encrypt sensitive data and execute rich computations on encrypted data, plus enable customized data access based on role with complex row filtering.

Maximum availability


Gain mission-critical uptime, fast failover, and improved TCO using cloud disaster recovery replicas and always on availability groups.


Accelerated database recovery


Greatly improves database availability by enabling fast and consistent database recovery regardless of the number or size of active transactions.

Self-service BI on any device


Explore visual data and quickly discover patterns to make better, faster decisions with Power BI Report Server, which is included with your SQL Server Software Assurance license.


Connect all your data


Combine data from almost any source using the extensive connector library and new transformations in SSAS tabular models.


Visual data exploration


Find the answers behind the data with visual data exploration and interactive analysis of data lakes data using SQL Server BI tools.

Highly scalable cloud services


Build highly scalable cloud services on Azure, and get a unified SQL platform built on the industry-leading performance of SQL Server—for limitless scalability, intelligent performance, and built-in security. Migrate to Azure without redesigning your apps and improve the performance of your existing applications.

[1] All TPC claims as of October 21, 2019.



[2] National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Vulnerability Database, October 10, 2019.


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