I’m here at the PASS Community Summit 2010 in Seattle, WA. This happens to be the largest SQL Server conference in the world with regards to content, attendees and Microsoft participation. With the conference center very close to the Microsoft Redmond campus, Microsoft can afford to send as much as they can from the SQL Server team – from the development team, CSS team, SQLCAT as well as from their business platform group. There have been several announcements made in today’s keynote, few of which were just waiting to be blogged about from the insiders since earlier this year. First of which is the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse. Formerly codenamed Project Madison, this was used to be DATAllegro, Inc. – a provider of breakthrough data warehouse applicances – before Microsoft bought them over back in 2008. SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse will be readily available in the market so that customers can take advantage of having a data warehouse appliance that runs the very familiar Microsoft SQL Server product.
The next big announcement was that of Project codenamed Atlanta. Microsoft Atlanta is a secure cloud service that proactively monitors your Microsoft SQL Server deployments and helps you avoid configuration problems, reduce downtime, improve performance, and resolve issues faster. This will make the typicall CSS engagemenrt experience be a more proactive and as smooth as it possibly can
Third major announcement was that of the next version of SQL Server. Codenamed Denali, vNext will provide high spark mission critical systems. The community technology preview is already available for download so that people can check it out.
There are a few more major announcements this week at the PASS Summit. I will be blogging about those major announcements throughout the conference.