February 7th, 2013 News Thursday: Microsoft named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems and more server and tools news…

by STB Blogger


Microsoft named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems 2013

Once again, Gartner* has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the data warehouse DBMS market. Gartner notes that the data warehouse DBMS market is transforming due to the rise of “big data” and logical data warehouses, and it expects the DBMS market to have grown by about 10% in 2012, despite the troubled economic situation. This growth demonstrates the investment organizations are making in information management technologies.

You can read the full report, including the market overview and detailed evaluations of Microsoft and other vendors, here. For more thoughts from Eron Kelly, GM, SQL Server, on the state of the data warehousing market, you can read the full blog here.

Making Waves with Windows Azure Mobile Services

Making Waves, a Norwegian-based design and technology consultancy, is using Windows Azure Mobile Services to offer technologically advanced, yet easy-to-use cloud services to their customers. Mobile Services allows Making Waves to focus on the features they want to create without worrying about the backend infrastructure.

For more information, watch the video explaining Making Waves’ use of Mobile Services.

Windows Azure Active Directory Simplifies the Sign-in Experience

The Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) team launched the preview of a simple, responsive sign-in across Office 365, Windows Azure and other Microsoft services. The goal of the redesign was to create a simple experience optimized for modern devices that will reduce the number of times customers need to sign in. The new simple sign-in provides the best possible user experience across the different devices, operating systems and browsers customers want to use.

For more information, read the Windows Azure blog post.

Price Reductions for Windows Azure SQL Reporting

The Windows Azure team has lowered the price of Windows Azure SQL Reporting by up to 82 percent. This reduction will help make the service more cost effective for lower volume customers. Price changes are effective immediately for existing and new customers.

For additional details on the pricing changes, please read the Windows Azure blog.  

Microsoft Virtual Academy hits 1 million mark

The Microsoft Virtual Academy (AVA) – a free, online technical training site for IT Pros and Developers – hit the 1 million user mark.  MVA has new content to help IT Pros with just-in-time learning and readiness skills across some of our recently released technologies including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 in the enterprise and System Center 2012 SP1. 

For additional details, check out MVA courses here, and read the full blog post on the milestone. 

Microsoft HDInsight brings big data to life

Several companies including Platon, Comperio and pmOne have announced support for Microsoft HDInsight as part of their participation in Microsoft’s Big Data Incubation Program.

HDInsight, Microsoft’s distribution of Apache Hadoop for the Windows Azure and Windows Server platforms, enables customers to store and process structured, unstructured, and real-time data in order to achieve rich insights and business agility.

Microsoft has chosen a select group of companies to participate in its Big Data Incubation Program, the goal of which is to test, evaluate, and mature HDInsight and expose the technology to a broader audience.

Check out Platon, Comperio and pmOne’s press releases for more information about how Microsoft is collaborating with companies to help joint customers take full advantage of the value of big data.


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