Update to Microsoft SQL

by Tomas R
The article i read, titled ” Microsoft Courts Big Data Market with SQL Server Update” is about a recent update to the SQL servers by microsoft that is suppose to cater to managing large amounts of data. The update is suppose to bring a “modern data platform that embraces traditional structured data.” The new update allows for Microsoft to connect data that is unstructured to structured data, such as connecting the data platform Hadoop to a structured data system offered by Microsoft. The new update also brings into play a social networking service called Klout, which uses Hadoop to process social networking data, as much as 350 gigabytes a day. The SQL system is suppose to be very useful for consumers that are already experienced with using the Microsoft SQL and other Microsoft products to form their databases, but it offers very little incentives for users of a different database system. According to Curt Monash, Microsoft is playing “catch-up” to the big data market. However, it is making the right steps into imposing itself into the big data market.

This article relates to our class because we use SQL to structure our data, and we are learning how to use microsoft programs to form our databases.

This article was interesting to read because it relates to directly on what we are learning in class. The update was released April 1, 2012, so it will be interesting to find out more on how this update has affected people who use SQL for their database needs. I feel that Microsoft may eventually be a bigger factor in the database field, so it is important to keep an eye on their developments.

Source: Jackson, Joab. “Microsoft Courts Big Data Market With SQL Server Update.” PCWORLD. March 6, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2012 from <http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/251375/microsoft_courts_big_data_market_with_sql_server_update.html>

3 thoughts on “Update to Microsoft SQL

  • May 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm
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    Its interesting to note how much slower big companies are to changing their programs to reflect changes in the industry like “Big Data.” And its really tough to avoid since these big companies have many barriers like managing the large number of teams that are developing the program along with the many clients they have to be able to support, something open-source software does not need to worry so much about.

  • May 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm
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    I agree with Jim, on how big companies are moving slow to update their programs to reflect the industry. With the information technology industry rapidly growing MySQL becoming bigger and better product with constant updates and patches to repair their product. MySQL goes hand and hand with the information technology industry as most companies are building their own databases.

  • May 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm
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    It’s good to hear that Microsoft is leaning towards managing both structured and semi-structured data. However, as it is stated in your article, the update still embraces traditional structured data, so I am guessing that Microsoft SQL isn’t quite there yet with managing big data.

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