Microsoft is hoping an add-on code-named Kilimanjaro will help SQL Server to scale new heights. Due out in the first half of 2010, Kilimanjaro improves SQL Server 2008 with a series of business intelligence enhancements to the database. Microsoft, stressed though, that Kilimanjaro is not the next version of SQL Server, which is due out two to three years after SQL Server 2008. SQL Server 2009 was released earlier this year.
Microsoft, which is making the Kilimanjaro upgrade at a business intelligence conference in Redmond, Wash., also plans to show its efforts at integrating its Datallegro acquisition with Windows Server and SQL Server.
The Datallegro acquisition will allow SQL Server to go from databases that are in the tens of terabytes to ones in the hundreds of terabytes or even a petabyte of data, Kummert said. The first integrated product, known as "Project Madison," is due in the first half of 2010.