Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance with SQL Server 2012; Microsoft to Open 44 Retail Store by Mid-2013

Microsoft and Dell Release Mid-Market Data Warehouse Appliance dubbed "Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance with SQL Server 2012," purposely built for small and medium-sized businesses.Quickstart delivers more power and capacity with a smaller footprint and with less friction for customers to get up and running at a lower cost."With the Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance, one […]

Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance

Microsoft and Dell Release Mid-Market Data Warehouse Appliance dubbed "Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance with SQL Server 2012," purposely built for small and medium-sized businesses.

Quickstart delivers more power and capacity with a smaller footprint and with less friction for customers to get up and running at a lower cost.

"With the Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance, one price includes everything needed to quickly deploy and easily manage a data warehouse in a comprehensive and integrated solution."

This appliance is an affordable all-inclusive package for mid-market and departmental customers who even with limited experience and resources can now afford a powerful data warehousing solution.

Highlights include:

  • Hardware pre-built with the Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation platform
  • Software installed with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Data Warehouse Appliance Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition
  • Tuned for optimal performance using SQL Server 2012 Fast Track reference architecture design points
  • Dell Boomi cloud-based data integration service for on-premises and cloud-based data sources
  • Foundation services by Dell (training, set-up, assessments and quarterly health-checks)
  • Single point of contact for customer support provided by Dell
  • First edition will scale up to 5 TB
  • Aggressive pricing for Mid-Market customers

Here are some resources to learn more about Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance:

In other Microsoft news, Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 told the attendees that more retail stores are coming, including two outside the U.S., in fiscal 2013.

Microsoft will have 44 retail stores in place by the end of its fiscal 2013, which means by the end of June 2013, officials said on July 11. This holiday, on heels of Windows 8 launch, there will be "holiday pop up stores throughout," Turner said.

The "Microsoft Store brand will become more pervasive and go out into the world."

Microsoft is opening its Orlando, Fla. store on August 16 and Boston Prudential Center store on August 23. Microsoft Stores will be going into Puerto Rico and Canada this year. According to Microsoft's job site, they'll be in San Juan and Toronto.

A year ago, Microsoft officials said that Microsoft planned to open 75 new Microsoft Stores in the subsequent two to three years. Apple currently has more than 300 retail stores worldwide.

Other highlights from Turner's pronoucements, including (via):

  • Office 365 is on the way to surpassing SharePoint as the fastest selling Microsoft product ever. This could happen by next year, Turner said.
  • There will be no further extensions on support for Windows XP (in case you were still holding out hope). No more security updates will be released for XP as of April 8, 2014, as Microsoft officials have said previously.
  • Office 365 wins are so critical for Microsoft's enterprise future that Turner himself will intervene when needed to secure a deal.
  • Microsoft's updated charter: Providing Continuous cloud service for every person, every device, and every business ‪