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IDC WHITE PAPER - Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Potential Game Changer

I think I can say that we all agree that SQL Server 2012 brings with revolution in our database world, since the number of new feature and new possibilities, IMHO, is comparable to what SQL Server 2005 brought several years ago.

Interesting enough, even the well-known  IDC firm thinks that SQL Server 2012 can be a game changer. From a technical point of view the highlighted technologies are:

  • AlwaysOn
  • ColumnStore Index
  • Windows Server Core Support
  • Power View
  • BI Sematic Model
  • Data Quality Services
  • Hadoop Support
  • Cloud & On-Premise Integration
  • Support for PHP, Java and Linux

The full document (less than 10 pages) is very interesting – definitely worth reading – and can be extremely helpful to bring the awareness of what SQL Server 2012 can offer and how it can help business, also to non technical people:

IDC WHITE PAPER - Microsoft SQL Server 2012- Potential Game Changer

Published Sunday, February 19, 2012 1:09 PM by Davide Mauri

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Jack Linsky said:

Tha IDC paper was commissioned by Microsoft and is a piece of marketing material. I'm a SQL Server guy, so I'm not here to trash SQL Server. But guys, let's be at leat a bit objective and honest. Useless hypes don't do us any real good professionally. What I'm saying is that no matter how you look at it, you simply cannot seriously label SQL2012 as "brings revolution in our database world", unless you consider adding the features that have been around for a long time as a revolution.

Also, I was breathless to read how the paper spins an outrageous SQL Server licence fee jack-up as good for the customers. I don't blame Microsoft for increasing the licence fee. After all, they are not a charity and need to make money. And they can increase the fee as much as they like. It's up to the customers to decide if they like it. Note that most other vensors are already using a similar licence structure. But the IDC opinions make that sound like a very good thing for the customer. Wow! How low can IDC go?

February 20, 2012 1:16 PM

a.m. said:

Agreed with Jack. I don't see the game changer here. These enhancements, to me, seem evolutionary, not revolutionary. It will be a good enough release, but it's not going to turn the world on its head.

February 20, 2012 3:33 PM

Linchi Shea said:

Good progress? Yes. Revolution? Not.

February 20, 2012 9:00 PM

Davide Mauri said: the question is: what do you would call "revolutionary"?. Would you call Qlikview a revolution? Or Netezza? Or Hadoop?

If we just look at the "raw" technical features there is basically really nothing new in the last decade...and this is true for what concerns the entire IT field. Not even virtulization, that has been revolutionizing our work in these years, is "new"...and it's first implementation was done on Mainframe in the Sixties!

So let me put it in that way: it's true, for example, the column-store is something known from the seventies, but it's implementation inside SQL Server is surely something than can revolutionize some BI solution. The new Tabular engine in SSAS is something that will surely change how some solution will be created.

IMHO, SQL Server 2008 is an evolution, while for SQL Server 2012 the term "revolution" seems more appropriate to me, due to the amount of changes introduced and the impact they have on how people will architect and develop their solutions.

February 21, 2012 6:02 AM

Linchi Shea said:

It's always a balancing act for any vendor when touting a new version. Of course, you need to heavily promote your new version when you have added good features. But if you are too insanely excited about the features that have been essentially in a direct competitor's product for a long time, you risk making your current version look seriously behind the competition.

February 21, 2012 8:36 AM

Davide Mauri said:

@Linchi. completely agree. No way that the THROW statement can be considered a revolution :)

February 21, 2012 12:04 PM

Kerry said:

Looking at the licensing .. how do they define a "CORE".

For example I have a server with 4 Processors  but it looks likes 16 cores.  However some of these cores are actually just instruction pipelines due to hyper threading feature.   This gets even more confusing on a VM  ...  when is it a "real core".

This is going to get even more confusing  as the core count goes up.

How will this work with HADOOP functionality ... its an old outdated pricing  model.  What if we get 100's of cores like with advances in GPU technology or dedicated sub/co processors.

February 29, 2012 6:16 PM

Bret said:

The price increase is ridiculus for the feature additions. MS claims 100% increase. But 6 and 8 cores are standard now. With two procs as a base you end up with 12 core. This costs over $20,000. Typical low price market intro - gain market share - increase price. In this case it should have been a reasonable increase. Or staged over two versions.

October 18, 2012 10:20 AM

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About Davide Mauri

Director of Software Development & Cloud Infrastructure @ Sensoria, an innovative smart garments and wearable company. After more than 15 year playing with the Microsoft Data Platform, with a specific focus on High Performance databases, Business Intelligence, Data Science and Data Architectures, he's now applying all his skills to IoT, defining architectures to crunch numbers, create nice user experiences and provide meaningful insights, all leveraging Microsoft Azure cloud. MVP on Data Platform since 2006 he has a very strong background development and love both the ER model and OO principles. He is also a fan of Agile Methodology and Automation, which he tries to apply everywhere he can, to make sure that "people think, machines do".

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