Microsoft Ships Final SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse CTP
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.