Feeds

Iron-pumping Microsoft SQL Server due this summer

Warehouse appliance

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The next blocks in Microsoft's SQL Server and appliance-based data-warehouse strategy will be put in place starting this summer.

A Community Technology Preview edition of SQL Server 2008 R2, codenamed Kilimanjaro, will be made available in the second half of this year, Microsoft has said.

CTP is the first opportunity you'll get to test the code for a database Microsoft's promised will have a strong business-intelligence focus and see support for large systems.

Until now, Microsoft had only talked of CTP sometime this year. The company, meanwhile, said Kilimanjaro is on track to ship in the first-half of 2010. SQL Server 2008 shipped more than a year late.

Ahead of the CTP, though, you're going to get a taste of what a really large system running Kilimanjaro looks like: a technology preview of a version of Kilimanjaro for appliances, codenamed Madison, is due this August, Microsoft said.

Madison will use DATAllegro and Zoomix technology - acquired last year - for large scale and detailed analysis. The goal is for Madison to serve up petabytes of data using SMP on hardware architectures from server, big iron and storage specialists Bull, Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, and Unisys.

Kilimanjaro and Madison are more than just the latest installments in an on-going strategy to make SQL Server run on bigger systems and support larger data sets than before. They are an attempt to improve the actual complex analysis of large volumes of data on systems that use SQL Server.

They come as Microsoft's database rival Oracle teamed with HP to last year deliver a massive, parallel, high-speed server and storage system running on Linux. Since then, Oracle's announced its intention to buy Sun Microsystems, and expressed its love for Sun's Sparc architecture, suggesting the company has even bigger data and information appliances in mind.

HP, meanwhile, is working with business-applications giant SAP on a server appliance. Demonstrated at SAP's SAPPHIRE conference, the XML Appliance is based on a quad-socket Xeon server ProLiant DL580 and runs Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10. The appliance is designed to format data in SAP ERP systems into XML ready for use on the web, in reports or other documents.

Against this backdrop Microsoft has promised "new technology" in Kilimanjaro for low-latency complex-event processing, in addition to capabilities for master-data services, application and multi-user management, and a system that will go beyond 64 logical processors. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'
Plus: 'Google's IDEALISM is an injudicious justification for inappropriate biz practices'
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.