In a keynote earlier this week at PASS Summit 2011, Quentin Clark, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s SQL Server Database Systems Group, highlighted the company’s cloud commitment and announced several new technologies that will create greater flexibility and scalability in public, private and hybrid cloud deployments.
“Built from the same code base, SQL Server 2012 and SQL Azure provide a complete database solution for the enterprise. The latest releases offer huge advancements that address the evolving needs of IT,” said Clarke.
Two new community technology previews are immediately available and aim to enhance business intelligence capabilities. SQL Azure Reporting make use of familiar tools for creating operational reports in the cloud. SQL Azure databases help customers extend their enterprise data to the cloud and sync it between SQL Azure databases for geo-availability.
Among the announcements was that of Microsoft and HP’s HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance, available in November. It is optimized for the SQL Server, speeding deployment and simplifying database and private cloud management. The industry database consolidation appliance makes database deployment take minutes versus weeks.