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  • Blog Post: Real world use cases of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System

    This blog post was authored by: Murshed Zaman, AzureCAT PM and Sumin Mohanan, DS SDET With the advent of SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (the MPP version of SQL Server) V2 AU1 (Appliance Update 1), PDW got a new name: the Analytics Platform System [Appliance] or APS. The name changed with the addition...
  • Blog Post: ICYMI: Data platform momentum

    The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings. At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 performs 1 trillion row query in seconds at BI Conference

    The Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle is buzzing today as Microsoft kicks off its second annual Business Intelligence Conference. Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop took the stage to speak to more than 2,500 customers and partners about end-user empowerment, self...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Team at PASS Summit 2011

    Microsoft is once again delighted to be a premier sponsor of the PASS Summit in Seattle from Oct 11 – 14, 2011. We are committing our top resources to the most value-packed SQL Server and Business Intelligence event of the year. This event includes informative keynotes from Microsoft executives as well...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Big Data Analytics and Data Warehousing

    We’re back with a new episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Series and this week we’re covering the hot topic of Big Data! In this episode, Saptak Sen, Senior Product Manager, recaps some the conversations he recently had with customers at the 2012 Strata Conference and the Gartner Business...
  • Blog Post: Unisys Releases the First Pre-Packaged Data Warehouse Solution

    Unisys releases high-performance SQL Server 2008 R2 pre-packaged DW solution with up to 50 TB Solid State Disk technology Unisys is the first in the market to offer a pre-packaged SQL Server optimized solution based on the new SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise or Datacenter Editions. The SQL Server Powerrack...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Data Warehouse News and Hadoop Interoperability Plans

    Today, businesses are increasingly facing a “data deluge,” as the complexity and volume of data grows steadily. Meanwhile, IT continues to grapple with how to manage, store that data, as well as unlock the valuable business insights that data holds. That’s why last November Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft in Leaders Quadrant in Gartner Data Warehousing Magic Quadrants

    Well, it's official, Microsoft is positioned in the Leader's Quadrant of the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehousing. You can read the full report here This is great proof point of the success of SQL Server 2005 in large scale data warehousing scenarios. Follow this link to learn more how...
  • Blog Post: Accelerating Data Warehouse Deployments on SQL Server 2012

    In order to address the data warehouse needs of mid-market customers, we have been working in close collaboration with Dell to develop “turnkey” data warehouse appliances. We set up a model to leverage the premium data warehouse features of SQL Server 2012 coupled to the new innovative features of the...
  • Blog Post: 7 New SQL Server 2008 Technical Articles

    The following are 7 new deep technical articles focused on SQL Server 2008: Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/cc719165(SQL.100).aspx There is considerable evidence that successful data warehousing projects often produce a very high return...
  • Blog Post: Fourth Largest US Stock Exchange, Direct Edge, Looks to SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse for Big Data Needs

    We’re pleased to share that Direct Edge, the United States’ fourth largest stock exchange, has chosen SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) to help manage the increasing volume of data acquired daily through its trading platforms. When the Direct Edge converted from an Electronic...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft named a leader Enterprise Data Warehousing marketing

    Forrester Research has named Microsoft a leader in The Forrester Wave report: Enterprise Data Warehousing Platforms, Q1 2009 (February 2009). Forrester noted that “Microsoft’s substantial presence in the DBMS, OLAP, portal, spreadsheet, collaboration, and browser markets provide a strong...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server to manage 100's of Terabytes effortlessly with DATAllegro acquisition

    Big, big news for SQL Server customers. Microsoft announced intentions to acquire DATAllegro Inc. , which is a provider of breakthrough data warehouse appliances. This acquisition will make it easier and more cost-effective than ever before for customers of all sizes to manage and gather insight from...
  • Blog Post: Exhibiting at TDWI AND Celebrating the completion of the first technology preview of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse…What a great week!

    The team is very happy to announce the completion of the first technology preview for SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse! Our new, massively scalable data warehousing solution is unique because it offers hardware flexibility with configurations from the major hardware vendors - Bull, Dell, EMC...
  • Blog Post: Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals

    The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Extends Cost and Value Leadership with New Data Warehousing Offerings

    The world of data is changing with businesses facing an explosion in information volumes and the need to mine different data sources and data types. As a result, IT departments must adapt to provide value in this changing dynamic while still under pressure to lower spending. Imagine the possibilities...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying Management of PDW Appliances with System Center

    SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) is a highly scalable appliance for enterprise data warehousing that enables massive scalability, predictable performance, and complete BI solution at low cost. PDW ships with a web based management console for monitoring the health of PDW appliance and resolving...
  • Blog Post: Follow up to the SQL Server Fireside Chats after the 24 Hours of PASS Sessions

    The SQL Server Team held Fireside Chats at the end of the 24 Hours of PASS on September 7-8, 2011 to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions directly to members of the SQL Server engineering team. The engineers answered most of the questions during the chat, however there were a few questions...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009 – Next Week!

    TechEd 2009 is less than a week away and we are excited about another event packed with opportunities to learn, network, and share ideas. Pre-show activities are already underway, with Webcasts live and on demand on TechNet and MSDN. Make sure you catch the last Webcast on May 13 th on Mastering the...