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SQLPass 2008: Thursday Keynote

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Published Thursday, November 20, 2008 12:39 PM by andyleonard

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Brent Ozar said:

I heard some of the same grumblings about this release focusing so much on BI.  From what I'm hearing, it's from hard-core engine DBAs that manage a lot of instances and want to focus on engine performance, engine management and engine reliability.  One of my customers in particular was so pissed off that he rescheduled his flight to leave the conference early.

I think that's extreme, and I think the reality is that engine performance, management and reliability isn't job one anymore because it doesn't sell databases.  MSSQL isn't behind any of the other players in engine capabilities (with the possible exception of Oracle's RAC, depending on who you talk to).

And at the same time, MSSQL is way ahead of the other guys when it comes to the rest of the stack (ETL and BI) and I love that they're pouring on the coals.  They have a serious edge here in usability for both developers and end users.  I don't blame them for wanting to pursue that advantage.

November 21, 2008 8:39 AM

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