Microsoft SQL Update Caters to Big Data Needs!

by Joshua L
The article I read for this week talks about Microsoft’s most recent update to SQL server. With the release of SQL server 2012 Microsoft has turned SQL Server into a tool that can help organizations analyze large amounts of unstructured data, an increasingly popular practice called big data. The new software is helpful for social networking analysis services. The new software is also very adaptable for use with cloud computing services. The software has already been proven to process about 350GB of social networking data each day by a company called Klout. The article says that SQL Server 2012 is a modern data platform that embraces the world of traditional structured data and brings in the world of unstructured big data.

This article was really cool to me because after working with SQL Server 2008 R2, I can see how these new additional features could be very useful for social networking and  cloud computing. I am actually working with a team of developers who is developing a social networking application so this article was very relevant to what I am working on.

This article relates to class because we are currently working with an older version of SQL Server which is inferior to the newer version described in this article.

Jackson, Joab. “Microsoft Courts Big Data Market With SQL Server Update.” Reviews and News on Tech Products, Software and Downloads. IDG News, 6 Mar. 2012. Web. 19 May 2012. <>.

2 thoughts on “Microsoft SQL Update Caters to Big Data Needs!”

  1. A while back i read an article that discussed unstructured data such as what you would find in an astronomy department. The problem was that they have terabytes of info and it was a huge hassle getting it sorted and uploaded to the cloud. I’m wondering if this new software by Microsoft might be efficient enough for clients with large amounts of unsorted data.

  2. Its crazy to hear that social media trends have resulted in newer and more innovative ways to process large amounts of unstructured data in the DBMS. Its good to hear that Microsoft SQL server has kept up with the ever popular social media, because 350 GB of unsorted data seems like a lot.

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