More After Market Parts for SQL Server

July 25, 2008

Microsoft is rushing to address some of the challenges SQL Server gives licensees. There is scaling and data management, among other challenges.

Microsoft is going outside to get some assistance. The company said it was acquiring DATAllegro, a privately held

company with data warehouse appliances. An appliance is one or more servers, drives, and software that can be taken out of the box and plugged in. Now these appliances are not like your mom’s toaster. Compared to the build-it-yourself approach to data warehousing, DATAllegro’s approach reduces installation and deployment time.

Elizabeth Montalbano does a good job of explaining the deal in her “Microsoft to Buy Data Warehouse Appliance Vendor” story here.

This url will go dead in a day, maybe two, so click quickly. Even though I do some for fee research for IDC, I find the search system for its publicly accessible content maddening.

Will this acquisition along with the Zoomix data quality purchase make SQL Server the database for tomorrow’s enterprise?

No, with the rapid growth in digital data and information, Codd databases–even with extensions–are not the product for the petabyte-scale that large organizations now must address.

I know that the Sybase core has been rewritten, optimized, and turbo charged. SQL Server is darn good for what it is–a relational database. The difficulty is that like Oracle and IBM DB2, the data challenge for which Cobb was so right is very wrong for heavy lifting that is riding a freight train directly to the door of the enterprise.

One of my two or three readers complained that my essays sound like Google’s PR machine. Nothing could be more wrong. Dear old GOOG won’t speak to me, and I am viewed as an annoyance that should head for the retirement home.

I won’t mention Google’s data management technologies. If you are a SQL Server DBA, you have lots of spare time to learn about Sawzall because the new and improved SQL Server is a cake walk.

Stephen Arnold, July 25, 2008

Update July 31, 2008: Mark Madsen’s “What the Microsoft DatAllegro Deal Means for Customrs, Vendors, and BI in Intelligence Enterprise” reveals some chilling information. He writes here, “Regardless of any roadmap, the acquisition won’t affect SQLServer users for at least two years, and more likely three due to the multi-year development cycle SQLServer has been on.” For SQLServer customers struggling with bottlenecks and data management headaches, this news–if Mr. Madsen is right–means more pain and no gain from this Microsoft DatAllegro tie up.


One Response to “More After Market Parts for SQL Server”

  1. Frank Brown on July 25th, 2008 10:51 am

    For the record I’d guess that you have several readers. If they are anything like me they find your essays insightful and educational. Please keep up the good work!


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