Microsoft is moving full steam ahead toward delivering most of its new SQL Server 2008 R2 versions to customer by May. In this regard, “Microsoft shipped the final Technology Preview of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse and announced the Technology Adoption Program. This’s a significant milestone on integration of DATAllegro technology as PDW now runs on Windows Server and SQL Server. This TP offers following benefits: High scalability to hundreds of terabytes and high performance through an MPP (Massively Parallel Processing) architecture; Hardware choice with appliances planned for HP, Dell, IBM and Bull; Comprehensive BI platform with integration to compelling Microsoft BI tools such as PowerPivot, Reporting Services, Analysis Services and Integration Services. For TAP, customer will host their data warehouses on premise on their own hardware. Early performance tests on PDW indicate that final TP’s, on average, 45% faster than first TP. Microsoft built and tested a PDW appliance with up to 50 nodes, 320 cores and 137 TB of physical data storage,” said Microsoft. Customers interested in joining TP or TAP, officially starts now, should email.