Microsoft's Hadoop-hugging SQL Server 2012 gets closer
Just the barber in today's virty cloud world
Microsoft's delivered a near-final version of the Hadoop-friendly next version of its database.
RC is the last stage before final product and Microsoft called the database's RC "a production quality release" that includes access to upgrade and migration tools such as Upgrade Advisor, Distributed Replay and SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA).
This version of its database plays to high availability and business intelligence.
Microsoft said SQL Server 2012, codenamed Denali, offers more control of servers, workloads and resources making it well suited to a virtualised cloud environment, while there's also improved query performance in data warehousing.
On the data side, SQL Server 2012 caters to in-memory databases that support business intelligence analysis and there's a new reporting client built using Microsoft's Silverlight.
Microsoft last month announced the open-source, Google-inspired data crunching Hadoop framework would be integrated with its database. A technology preview of Hadoop in SQL Server 2012 is expected "by 2012".
SQL Server 2012 is due by the middle of next year, according to Microsoft. ®
Well that is supprising but in there database area they seem to take the approach of getting the standard and adding the word server to the end of it, expect Microsoft HADOOP Server year after next I guess.
...making it ever so slightly incompatible with everyone else's gear, while at the same time saying how interoperable they are. And then suing anybody who tries to interoperate in a way they don't like.
For databases, I really don't know why people don't use the free (or nearly-free) options anyway. If you know how to design and manage a DBMS, you're likely not the type to be scared by a CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXIST statement. There's even pretty GUI tools out there if you fancy drawing entity relationship diagrams and having them exported to .sql files automagically.
Yeah I know, I'm Microsoft-bashing. It's hard to resist though, what with Microsoft being such a pleasant company and all.
Seriously? Won't be seeing any updates to that then.