August 8, Microsoft released the "second Appliance Update (AU2) of SQL Server 2008 R2 PDW - a complete, high-scale data warehousing solution that IT can use to manage and enable self-service business intelligence across the company with SQL Server. Unlike Service Packs, an Appliance Update refreshes the full appliance seamlessly with both hardware and software updates," announced Microsoft's SQL Server team.
Microsoft is also announced the "release of the Dell Parallel Data Warehouse appliance, offering customers more hardware choice thanks to a strategic alliance between Microsoft and Dell. With the new Dell appliance scaling beyond 600 TB with an affordable starting price under $12K per TB, customers can now enjoy massive scalability and performance at low cost on a platform they know and trust, while also receiving white glove service through Microsoft's Critical Advantage Program (MCAP), an enhanced support service for appliances," revealed SQL Server team.
In addition, "Microsoft Enterprise Services and Dell Services will provide consulting for architectural design and implementation of the PDW solution to meet customer-specific requirements." For more information, visit Dell's PDW appliance Website.
Lastly, to help customers store and analyzing vast amounts of unstructured data, "Microsoft will soon release a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of two new Hadoop connectors - one for SQL Server and one for PDW. The connectors provide interoperability between SQL Server/PDW and Hadoop environments, enabling customers to transfer data between Hadoop and SQL Server/PDW," the SQL Server team added. With these connectors, customers can more easily integrate Hadoop with their Microsoft Enterprise Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence solutions to gain deeper business insights from both structured and unstructured data.
[Source:SQL Server team blog]