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PowerPivot appliance announced from HP

HP and Microsoft announced an appliance for PowerPivot. This is very interesting and might solve the issue of PowerPivot adoption in certain companies (where the problem is the support required for installing and maintaining SharePoint 2010).

You can see many details on other blog posts here and here. I’d like to know what is the final price of such a solution: in fact, the press release from HP only talk about hardware cost (less than 28,000$) but that cost doesn’t include licenses for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. In my opinion, one of the advantages of an appliance should be an “all-inclusive” price with a strong discount also on licenses cost.

I would like to know the final “all-inclusive” street price.

Published Thursday, January 20, 2011 11:49 AM by Marco Russo (SQLBI)
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Hugo said:


Do you know whether there are any plans to have PowerPivot support in the hosted version of SharePoint from Microsoft Online Services?


January 20, 2011 9:22 AM

Marco Russo (SQLBI) said:

Not now, but I think not very soon.

To support PowerPivot on the cloud we need SharePoint 2010 (by now it is 2007, but will be upgraded soon), Excel Services (no news about that) and Analysis Services (nothing has been announced until now).


January 20, 2011 12:57 PM

Nick said:

Where's the Fast Track documentation this appliance was based on? I can only find the Datwarehouse one

January 23, 2011 8:50 PM

Dave Wickert said:

Hi Marco: WRT the price. Right now, HP is not offering the software under a OEM license from Microsoft -- it is done through volume licensing which is very dependent on the customer.

Everyone would have liked to have a single combined price, but that would have ended up being higher than we wanted. Believe me, we tried. In the future, HP may sublicense under an OEM agreement, which may open up more options. We'll have to wait and see.

January 24, 2011 12:53 AM

Dave Wickert said:

BTW: Nick: The PowerPivot appliance is not based on any Fast Track. That is one of the other recently announced appliances; not PowerPivot.

January 24, 2011 12:54 AM

Marco Russo (SQLBI) said:

@Nick: Dave already answered you.

@Dave: Thank you for the feedback!

January 24, 2011 4:56 AM

Tom said:

I'm just beginning to play with Sharepoint 2010, Powerpivot etc.

My understanding is that Powerpivot for Sharepoint and Sharepoint cannot live on the safe machine?

May 11, 2011 11:45 PM

Marco Russo (SQLBI) said:

They CAN live on the same machine. You can install them on different server just for scalability reasons.


May 12, 2011 4:28 AM

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About Marco Russo (SQLBI)

Marco Russo is a consultant, writer and trainer specialized in Business Intelligence with Microsoft technologies. He runs the SQLBI.COM website, which is dedicated to distribute resources useful for BI developers, like Integration Services components, Analysis Services models, tools, technical information and so on. Marco is certified as MCT, MCDBA, MCSD.NET, MCSA, MCSE+I.

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