difference between SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2016

difference between SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2016

In short, this article about differences - SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2016 and the detail as given below.

About SQL Server 2012 as given below.

Top 6 Features Coming to SQL Server 2012
1.      In SQL Server 2012, uses 48 bit precision for spatial.
2.      In SQL server 2012, has unlimited concurrent connections are available.
3.      In SQL server 2012, by default supports 15,000 partitions in DB.
4.      In SQL server 2012, available new string function CONCAT to strings.
5.      In SQL server 2012, available new string function FORMAT to strings.

6.      In SQL server 2012, available new conversion functions are PARSE, TRY_CONVERT, and TRY_PARSE.
About SQL Server 2016 as given below.

Top 7 Features Coming to SQL Server 2016

1.    Query Store
2.    Polybase
3.    Stretch Database
4.    JSON Support
5.    Row Level Security
6.    Always Encrypted
7.    In-Memory Enhancements

Query Store

Microsoft is maintain query store upgrading most of all versions  but  What happen in this version?

Actually In this version Microsoft trying to maintains a history of query execution plans with query performance and quickly queries etc.


Microsoft is introduced Polybase,  This is data processing technique that is called SQL Server connector.

This SQL connector provide the connectivity to Azure Blob Storage and Hadoop using database tables query and Its dealing to a lot of large text files.

Stretch Database

In this section, Microsoft is trying to reduce your storage cast by a hybrid feature that is called Stretch Database.

JSON Support

JSON Support Is very awesome features,  Using this features you can direct querying to Hadoop, SQL Server 2016 and also support to Lingua Franca.

Row Level Security

The SQL Server 2016 provide row-level security. It's very useful for multi tenant environments and Its provide the limit to access the data based on role etc.

Always Encrypted

The SQL Server 2016 has feature to supported both column level encryption and encryption in transit as well. 

The Always Encrypted mechanism provided a easy way to encryption to data and makes much better security.

In-Memory Enhancements

This feature already introduce in SQL Server 2014 but it has some limitation over data and issues like no-locking-issues and high-volume-session state issues.

Now in SQL Server 2016, Fixed the issues and trying to improved memory mgmt and Its also supporting foreign keys, check and unique constraints and parallelism also.

Now you can download SQL Server 2016 from given below link

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