Microsoft SQL Server 2014: The Ambient Intelligence Database
Eyeing the Internet of things, the software giant touts the high-performance innovations that the newest version of SQL Server has to offer enterprises.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to the stage during a customer event in San Francisco on April 15 to commemorate the launch of SQL Server 2014. While the newest edition of the company's database has been generally available since April 1, Nadella used the occasion to celebrate its launch and showcase how it fits into the Microsoft's vision of a "data culture" driven by cloud- and mobile-driven work processes and lifestyles. Microsoft's aim is to provide the foundational software elements for this new era of "ambient intelligence" generated by the Internet of things. "In a mobile first, cloud first world, one of the most fascinating truths is that data is not only consumed but also generated at accelerating rates and exponentially increasing quantities," said Nadella in an official Microsoft blog post. Using the analogy of a car, Nadella said that an opportunity lies in finding "a way of catalyzing this data exhaust from ubiquitous computing and converting it into fuel for ambient intelligence." "This fuel will power improved experiences, understanding and interactions," added Nadella. SQL Server 2014 is one of the technologies that the company is enlisting to provide that fuel.
To start, SQL Server 2014 customers can leverage dynamic RAM (DRAM)-packed hardware to speed up their applications. "This release completely brings in-memory capability to all [workloads]—OLTP, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence," stated Nadella.