There is a lot of business intelligence news coming out of the Microsoft camp. First, sooner than expected, they have released the SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse, which is the development of the Datallego acquisition and Microsoft's entry into the appliance marketplace.
Some time ago, they also announced Kilimanjaro, the next version of SQL Server, and Gemini, the next version of SQL Server Analysis Services. I didn't rush out and blog this though because the release is not expected until 2010. Still, it's exciting and worth thinking about now. And who knows, maybe these will emerge sooner than expected.
I thought SQL Server 2005 was BI focused. Now, Microsoft says Kilimanjaro will really be BI focused. And they could be right. With the addition of optional column-oriented storage capabilities and in-memory storage, they are addressing 2 very obvious ways the market has recently addressed performance. Both options were built from scratch by Microsoft. I look forward to seeing how the optimizer determines when to go columnar vs. not. To-date, solutions have addressed it with disparate systems and obvious suboptimal performance of some of the queries within each system.
I'm a fan of SSAS as long as the MOLAP option is not overused, but that's another story. Stronger connectivity is promised between Gemini and Excel and that may really get the casual user's attention. Gemini will be publishing data to SharePoint Server as well. SharePoint is becoming a centerpiece of Microsoft BI activity. With the publishing options,Gemini will have the Microsoft enterprise covered.
What will be the next game changer?
Posted April 28, 2009 4:47 PM
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