Microsoft shipped the final community technology preview for the SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse appliance, formerly code-named Project Madison. The product was slated to be released in the first half of this year, but Microsoft appears to have pushed the schedule back to get more user feedback.
Microsoft has released the final community technology preview for
the SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse appliance, though it
appears to have pushed back the final release of the product.
The appliance, formerly
known as Project Madison
, was slated to be ready in the first half of 2010.
However, Microsoft said it is still gathering feedback from customers
and now expects "to announce more specific release timing, final
configurations and pricing for our hardware partners in early summer."
In the meantime, the company released the final community technology
preview of the product to users. The latest release offers a hardware choice
with appliances planned for HP, Dell, IBM
and Bull as well as integration with Microsoft business intelligence tools such
as PowerPivot, Reporting Services, Analysis Services and Integration Services.
"Early performance tests on Parallel Data Warehouse indicate that the final
technology preview is, on average, 45 percent faster than the first technology
on its SQL Server team blog. "Microsoft built and tested a
Parallel Data Warehouse appliance with up to 50 nodes, 320 cores and 137TB of
physical data storage."
Data Warehouse appliance
uses a symmetric multiprocessing (SMP)
architecture to process queries within one physical instance of a database, and
partitions large tables across multiple physical nodes. Each node has dedicated
CPU, memory and storage, and runs its own instance of SQL Server in a parallel,
shared nothing architecture, according to the company.
The release builds off of technology Microsoft acquired when it bought
DATAllegro in 2008.