Data Store Still in Works

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-07-31 Print this article Print
While Exchange Server 2007, the upcoming e-mail, calendaring and messaging server from Microsoft, is still based on the Extensible Storage Engine, a derivative of the JET database store, company executives say Microsoft remains committed to unifying this with the SQL Server database store.

They just dont know exactly when yet.

Officials such as Terry Myerson, general manager of the Exchange Server product group, say there is more value in staying on JET, or Joint Engine Technology, in Exchange 2007.

"We are delivering incredible value around storage in Exchange 2007 and reducing costs with the 64-bit optimizations and building the applications database," said Myerson in Redmond, Wash.

Some customers join Myerson in saying its like comparing apples to oranges. Joel Stidley, a senior solutions engineer at Data Return, in Irving, Texas, which provides strategic enterprise IT operations services and is an early adopter of the product through the Exchange TAP (Technology Adoption Program), said that when the rumors started years ago about the possibility of Microsoft ditching JET for the SQL back end, the promise seemed exciting. But subsequent improvements to JETs stability, performance and recoverability have made the matter less urgent.

Moving to the SQL store was prioritized against other management functionality the Exchange team was working on, like the new scripting shell, based on Windows PowerShell, which Myerson called "the most exciting thing weve done at Microsoft for management in a long time."

The new command-line interface, known as the Exchange Management Shell, will have more impact now on Exchange administrators than would switching the data store, Myerson said. "As we plan the next version of Exchange [currently code-named Exchange 14], it may be that the biggest breakthrough we can make for storage management is to switch to the SQL data store."

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

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