In this dynamic session, Lenni will teach you the ins-and-outs of unstructured data storage and native file streaming in SQL Server 2012. Learn all about FILESTREAM, an innovative feature introduced in SQL Server 2008 that integrates the relational engine with the NTFS file system. FILESTREAM revolutionized BLOB storage in the database, and now FileTable, new in SQL Server 2012, builds on FILESTREAM to deliver a logical file system—implemented as a FILESTREAM-enabled table in your database—on top of your BLOBs. Lenni will demonstrate how to program FILESTREAM using T-SQL and, for maximum performance, using the OpenSqlFileStream API in C#.

We’ll also cover the hierarchyid data type, which casts a hierarchical structure over every FileTable, and you’ll learn how to use this data type to perform hierarchical queries and tree manipulations within the FileTable (or any table). We’ll wrap up with the full-text search improvements and new Statistical Semantic Search in SQL Server 2012 that you can leverage to get the most out of unstructured documents contained in your databases.

Attend this session, and gain a whole new perspective of BLOBs with SQL Server 2012!
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Presented by Leonard Lobel at SQLBits X