Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the business platform division at Microsoft, spoke yesterday to a live audience of more than 2,000 attendees at the PASS 2009 Summit in Seattle, Washington. After his keynote he answered questions from attendees on Twitter. If you didn’t have a chance to follow the twitterview live, below is a transcript. (Follow Microsoft SQL Server on Twitter @MS_SQL_Server)
Q: How does Parallel Data Warehousing edition compare to what customers can do now with SQL Server 2008?
A: SQL Server delivers great scale up today to 10s of TB. PDW will scale out to hundreds of TB.
Q: When will SQL Server Management Studio work against SQL Azure?
A: That is a supported feature of SMS in SQL Server 2008 R2.
Q: How are you making Application and Multi-Server Management features available?
A: StreamInsight will ship as part of SQL Server 2008 R2.
Q: Where is Oracle on cloud-based offerings?
A: Oracle is not yet visibly embracing a public cloud solution.
Q: When does StreamInsight ship?
A: StreamInsight will ship as a part of SQL Server 2008 R2 as well as Master Data Services.
Q: What about SQL Azure availability?
A: Feature complete CTP is available now. We will start billing for the service after the first of the year.
Q: When is the next CTP for R2?
A: The November CTP will be available in a few weeks and we are basically feature complete.
Q: When is the planned release date for Project Madison?
A: Formerly known as Project Madison, Parallel Data Warehouse Edition will release in the first half of 2010.