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Microsoft StreamInsight charts course in unfamiliar waters
This article is part of the October 2011, Vol. 7 issue of SQL Server Insider
It’s the same old story of Microsoft making aggressive and strategic moves into new areas. This time around, it’s StreamInsight, a complex event processing (CEP) platform introduced last spring for SQL Server 2008 R2 that the company says can process, analyze and take action on a constant stream of events from multiple sources in near real time. Until StreamInsight came along, CEP was largely the domain of players with top-end, enterprise-focused products. But according to experts and analysts in the field, Microsoft has ventured into the right exclusive corner. “In some sense, a CEP product like StreamInsight might be considered sort of ‘out there’ for Microsoft, but in other ways it’s a typical business model for them,” said Kevin Kline, technical strategy manager at Quest Software, a vendor of monitoring tools. For example, he noted, high-end reporting had previously been the domain of products like Business Objects Crystal Reports. “You would spend thousands of dollars to get a good reporting system and you would have to ...
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Microsoft StreamInsight, a complex event processing product, is a stab at a whole new space for the company, and not a bad one at that, experts say.