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Microsoft releases final Parallel Data Warehouse preview

Microsoft has shipped the final technology preview of its new scale-out data warehousing software. The actual launch, however, has been pushed out.

Microsoft has taken another step toward making enhanced scalability for SQL Server data warehouses a reality.

The software company shipped the final technology preview for SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse this week, a new edition of the database management server designed to simplify the scaling of data warehouses over multiple SQL Server machines. 

Formerly codenamed Madison, Parallel Data Warehouse integrates DATAllegro technology (acquired by Microsoft in 2008) to allow organizations to build data warehouses at a higher terabyte range. A post on the SQL Server Team blog cited high performance through a massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture and integration with existing SQL Server business intelligence tools as some additional benefits.

Although a launch was originally expected in May along with SQL Server 2008 R2, details on the official release and pricing of Parallel Data Warehouse won't be available until early summer, according to the company.

Database administrators can join the new technology preview via the Microsoft website. Customers can also request to be added to the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) to test out and provide feedback on Parallel Data Warehouse before its release.

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