From the Keynote Bloggers’ Table
The second day of PASS started with a keynote addressed that was as well attended as yesterday – probably about 3000. The Wireless network was saturated once again. During the session, I was able to post this draft and then a couple of revisions. I was only able to send tweets from my phone during the keynote (I managed to exhaust my phone battery by the afternoon by doing the same yesterday so I’m being a little more conservative today).
Today’s keynote presentations outlined features and capabilities of SQL Server 2012.
Bill Graziano started out by wearing a kilt on stage and recognizing all of the participants of the PASS Kilt Day
Quentin Clark let the presentation about the new capabilities on SQL Server 2012.
Top new capabilities in SQL Server 2012
Always On provides redirection to
Rapid Data Exploration
Managed Self-service BI
Credible, consistent data
Lori Edwards, @sqlgal, demonstrating a complete analytic & data quality.
Peace of Mind
Brit on stage to demo appliances and PDW
Architecture is chosen and designed before selecting the hardware. Not the other way around.
Showing us the Dell Parallel Data Warehouse. Looks like an 8 foot tall rack . Has 480 cores
Small: Business DW manages 1.5 TB
FASTTRACK 3.0 – Pre-configured to, plug in, load data & run in 20 min.
Extend any data, anywhere
Statistical semantic search
Michael Rys on stage to demo
Used a very cool Silverlight app to search and show results.
SQL Server Data Tools (Project Juneau)
Scale on demand
Embeddable, portable database engine (no install)
Nicholas Dritas, SQLCAT on stage to demo Azure
Mange Azure databases using SSMS – very cool
Backup Azure db from the client
Demoing data form Blogs R Us, scalable blog service.