Microsoft Arabia has launched the new version of its database server, SQL Server 2019, during an event hosted in Riyadh recently.
The “SQL Server 2019 Saudi Arabia Launch” event was attended by Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Arabia Rayan Zahid and a number of tech experts and executives.
“The new version of SQL Server 2019 provides one of the most efficient databases in the market by investing in key capabilities such as intelligent query processing, and is one of the most secure databases in the world,” said Microsoft Arabia President Thamer Al-Harbi. He added that it works to upgrade security levels through the Always Encrypted feature, and to protect most sensitive data while allowing robust operations to be executed without losing the encryption, which protects data during storage and use.
“The biggest of enterprises across all industry verticals in Saudi Arabia are embarking on deep innovation and transformation using data, analytics and AI. The Kingdom is well on its way to be a data-driven nation in its journey toward achieving its ambitious Vision 2030 by undergoing massive makeover on all social, economic and digital fronts,” said Microsoft Arabia Data and AI Solutions Evangelist Shakeel Mohammed.
Describing the new version as “revolutionary and game-changing” in the data and AI space, he said it will help to drive the digital metamorphosis of Saudi Arabia.
“It can now be the hub for your entire data estate, with the ability to query any database relational in a highly secure and highly performant way — all without moving or copying the data,” Mohammed added.
Al-Harbi said the new version’s hybrid cloud system will help Saudi companies to grow and drive them to innovation.
‘When deploying from the hybrid cloud, businesses have more control over their IT, improving reliability of their services.’ This would make hybrid cloud a particularly attractive option for businesses operating in the Middle East and North Africa, which is one of the most underrepresented areas in the world when it comes to per capita internet connectivity,” he added.