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Not an April Fool: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 for April 1st

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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 will offer a big leap forward in turning Big Data into a business intelligence

Microsoft has announced that they will release SQL Server 2012,
codenamed Denail, to manufacturers on April 1st. It will
offer a leap forward in turning Big Data into business
intelligence.

GM of SQL marketing for Redmond, Doug Leland, told The
Register
that “it’s been a battle-tested by over 150,000
customers and is ready to go.”

As it is designed with primarily big data users in mind, it will
help users manage and analyse more data than ever before. Corporate
vice president at Microsoft, Ted Kummert, went on further to
say:

“Data is being generated faster than ever before, and
organisations need a way to process and analyse all that date.
Whatever the type or size of data, SQL Server 2012 delivers the
platform and familiar tools to manage data, generate actionable
insights and help drive business impact.”

The tools to manage the data include PowerPivot for Excel 2010
and Power View with Microsoft promising by the end of June that it
will also include an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows
Azure.

New data warehousing solutions will also begin building on the
SQL Server 2012, with major software updates expected for Microsoft
Parallel Data Warehouse appliances. Availability of SQL Server 2012
with its unified storage and storage tiering could quadruple
database performance; 80% faster server provisioning. 

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