Microsoft Readies SQL Server 2012 for April 1 Release

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-09 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The biggest improvement is that it's been infused with a set of new features designed to handle larger workloads -- whether on premises or in the cloud.

Microsoft has been working for years to get more of its software into the data center and cloud infrastructure markets with System Center and the Azure platform, and now it's moving into the so-called big data space.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant earlier this week released SQL Server 2012 to manufacturing, revealing that will be available for GA by April 1. The biggest improvement is that it's been infused with a set of new features designed to handle larger workloads--whether on premises or in the cloud.

The big data features in SQL Server 2012 include new storage options and tools that help with analysis of large workloads.

For example, the new version includes an in-memory column-oriented database to improve analytics performance. In addition, Microsoft is developing a Windows-based version of Hadoop (the Hortonworks edition) for the Azure cloud environment, which should be ready for prime time by July 1.

Hortonworks is a spinout company from Yahoo that employs many of the original creators of Apache Hadoop, an open-source software package that is rapidly becoming the go-to big data batch analytics platform of choice.

The new Windows Hortonworks service would enable customers to gain relevant insights from complex data stores hosted in the cloud by optimizing data streams with SQL Server 2012 and tools such as Excel and PowerPivot, the company said.
 
Last October, the company introduced a preview Hadoop service on Azure. The preview is being expanded to 2,000 users, from 400, for the 2012 release.

Go here for more information and downloads of SQL Server 2012.

Chris Preimesberger is eWEEK's Editor for Features and Analysis. Twitter: editingwhiz

 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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