Microsoft has announced that the latest version of the world’s most widely deployed data platform, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, has been released to manufacturing. SQL Server 2012 helps address the challenges of increasing data volumes by rapidly turning data into actionable business insights.
Expanding on the firm’s commitment to help customers manage any data, regardless of size, both on-premises and in the cloud, the company today also disclosed additional details regarding its plans to release an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure.
“Data is being generated faster than ever before, and organizations need a way to process and analyze all that data. Whatever the type or size of data, SQL Server 2012 delivers the platform and familiar tools to manage data, generate actionable insights and help drive business impact,” ,” said Ted Kummert, Microsoft’s corporate VP in a media relase.
SQL Server 2012 has already been deployed for production use by many customers globally, including Volvo Car Corp., Revlon, the HSN, Sanofi Pasteur, Klout and LG Chemical. Customers using SQL Server 2012 benefit from a rich hardware and software partner ecosystem that can create solutions for the most unique and demanding data management needs.
“Our business depends on delivering customers fast, detailed insight into hundreds of terabytes of social-network data. With SQL Server 2012 and integrated business intelligence tools, we’re processing massive volumes of data queries in near-real time. Microsoft’s data platform has continued to advance and help us keep up with the evolving world of data,” said David Mariani, Engineering VP at Klout, a leading provider of influence measurement.
IT research firm Gartner estimates that the volume of global data is growing at a rate of 59 percent per year, with 70 to 85 percent in unstructured form. To help customers to more cost-effectively manage their enterprise-scale workloads, Microsoft will release several new data warehousing solutions in conjunction with the general availability of SQL Server 2012, slated to begin April 1.
This includes a major software update and new half-rack form factors for Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse appliances, as well as availability of SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse reference architectures for SQL Server 2012.