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Microsoft demos SQL Server 2012



Last week saw an intensive demonstration to technology professionals of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012, formerly code-named ‚Denali”, at the company’s Redmond headquarters.

SQL Server 2012, formerly code-named ‚Denali””, has been unveiled at Microsoft heaqdquarters in Redmond, at the company’s PASS Summit 2011. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert addressed an audience of more than 5,000 technology professionals to discuss how Microsoft is evolving its data platform to respond to customer needs. Kummert described how SQL Server 2012, formerly code-named ‚Denali,‚ addresses the growing challenges of data and device proliferation by enabling customers to unlock and extend business insights, both in traditional datacenters and through public and private clouds. Kummert also announced new investments to help customers manage ‚big data,‚ including an Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Server and Windows Azure and a strategic partnership with Hortonworks.

‚The next frontier is all about uniting the power of the cloud with the power of data to gain insights that simply weren’t possible even just a few years ago,‚ Kummert said. ‚Microsoft is committed to making this possible for every organization, and it begins with SQL Server 2012.‚

Microsoft will be working with the Hadoop ecosystem, including core contributors from Hortonworks, to deliver Hadoop-based distributions for Windows Server and Windows Azure that work with industry-leading business intelligence (BI) tools, including Microsoft PowerPivot. A Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure will be available by the end of 2011, and a CTP of the Hadoop-based service for Windows Server will follow in 2012. Microsoft will work closely with the Hadoop community and propose contributions back to the Apache Software Foundation and the Hadoop project.

‚Over 80 percent of new data being generated is from unstructured sources,‚ said Eric Baldeschwieler, CEO, Hortonworks. ‚We are excited to work with Microsoft to help make Apache Hadoop a compelling platform for storing and processing data.‚

The company also made available final versions of the Hadoop Connectors for SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse. Customers can use these connectors to integrate Hadoop with their existing SQL Server environments to better manage data across all types and forms. More information on the connectors can be found at

Kummert also provided a look at how Microsoft will evolve its BI offerings with highly interactive and immersive data visualization experiences.

He demonstrated Power View, formerly Project ‚Crescent,‚ on a variety of devices and showcased how these new capabilities will give users interactive, touch-based experiences with data virtually wherever they are. Power View ‚touch‚ capabilities will be available by the end of 2012.

Kummert demonstrated Microsoft code-name ‚Data Explorer,‚ a prototype that provides a way for customers to easily discover, enrich and share data to gain competitive advantage in today’s business climate. When combined with Windows Azure MarketPlace, now available in 26 worldwide markets, Data Explorer will help customers realize their data’s full potential.

Customers are encouraged to begin testing and to provide feedback when CTPs are made available in the SQL Azure Labs later this year at

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