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Krish Krishnan

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein.

Hello, and welcome to my blog.

I would like to use this blog to have constructive communication and exchanges of ideas in the business intelligence community on topics from data warehousing to SOA to governance, and all the topics in the umbrella of these subjects.

To maximize this blog's value, it must be an interactive venue. This means your input is vital to the blog's success. All that I ask from this audience is to treat everybody in this blog community and the blog itself with respect.

So let's start blogging and share our ideas, opinions, perspectives and keep the creative juices flowing!

About the author >

Krish Krishnan is a worldwide-recognized expert in the strategy, architecture, and implementation of high-performance data warehousing solutions and big data. He is a visionary data warehouse thought leader and is ranked as one of the top data warehouse consultants in the world. As an independent analyst, Krish regularly speaks at leading industry conferences and user groups. He has written prolifically in trade publications and eBooks, contributing over 150 articles, viewpoints, and case studies on big data, business intelligence, data warehousing, data warehouse appliances, and high-performance architectures. He co-authored Building the Unstructured Data Warehouse with Bill Inmon in 2011, and Morgan Kaufmann will publish his first independent writing project, Data Warehousing in the Age of Big Data, in August 2013.

With over 21 years of professional experience, Krish has solved complex solution architecture problems for global Fortune 1000 clients, and has designed and tuned some of the world’s largest data warehouses and business intelligence platforms. He is currently promoting the next generation of data warehousing, focusing on big data, semantic technologies, crowdsourcing, analytics, and platform engineering.

Krish is the president of Sixth Sense Advisors Inc., a Chicago-based company providing independent analyst, management consulting, strategy and innovation advisory and technology consulting services in big data, data warehousing, and business intelligence. He serves as a technology advisor to several companies, and is actively sought after by investors to assess startup companies in data management and associated emerging technology areas. He publishes with the BeyeNETWORK.com where he leads the Data Warehouse Appliances and Architecture Expert Channel.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Krish's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

Today is a very significant milestone for Microsoft, a preview of Madison has been released today. The official announcement states

"Microsoft's technology preview of Project "Madison," Microsoft's new massively scalable data warehousing solution, is now available to select customers and the feedback we've received from participating customers to date has been excellent. Ten customers from 7 industries are already participating in Madison's first technology preview, and these early adopters are delighted with initial performance results. Participants are loading data at rates of 1 TB per hour and processing query executions at over 1.5 TB per minute. Microsoft has successfully ported DATAllegro's MPP data warehouse onto SQL Server 2008 with Windows Server 2008 as the operating system, enabling queries to run up to 5 times faster on the new port."

What is exciting about this is

1. Microsoft joins the Appliance race. Another big player
2. Madison uses massively parallel processing (MPP) to deliver the high performance and scalability on SQL Server 2008, Windows Server® 2008 and industry-standard hardware, which means another merger or acquisition is in the wings in the industry for a hardware vendor.
3. A new platform for "BING" to expand the search and search related products is in the making with Madison.
4. A Windows based appliance offering is worth a look.
5. Microsoft OLAP solutions will now have a more robust platform to scale and perform.

What is not so exciting about this

1. Can we add another entrant to the "crowded" market for Appliances?
2. Would customers trust the Windows based solution over Linux?

The big question is the lifetime Cost and Value.

all said and done, it is worth taking a look at.

Posted August 25, 2009 2:05 PM
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