Microsoft reveals SQL Server 2014, Analytics Platform System and more

Microsoft's press event today was centered around how the company handles 'big data", and the presentation did not deviate from that theme. Today, the company announced not only SQL Server 2014, the latest edition of that product, but also its new Analytics Platform System and a preview of Azure Intelligent Systems Service.

In a post written by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, he describes the "data culture" that is growing in the world which the company hopes to serve with its products. Satya says Microsoft wants to take that data and present it in an improved format to businesses and individuals. Indeed, during today's press event he said their goal is to transform Office into "the UI for data". He states:

Developing the ability to convert data into the fuel for ambient intelligence is an ambitious challenge. It requires technology to understand context, derive intent and separate signal from noise. Building out a comprehensive platform that can enable this kind of ambient intelligence is a whole company initiative that we are uniquely qualified to undertake.

In addition to the launch of SQL Server 2014, which entered the RTM stage in March, Microsoft has announced the general availability of its Analytics Platform System. Microsoft says, "APS combines the best of Microsoft’s SQL Server database and Hadoop technology in one low-cost offering that delivers 'big data in a box."

Finally, Microsoft has launched a preview version of Azure Intelligent Systems Service. Microsoft says this service allows for machine-generated data from sensors and devices be collected and managed. More information on all three products can be found on the official SQL Server blog.

Source: Microsoft blog and Microsoft press release | Images via Microsoft

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Big Data = buzzterm that means nothing!.

What i wish : full integration between excel and table/view or sql server.
Also, i wish packages for store procedure or at least folder. It is not funny to have thousand of store procedures in the same folder.

No argument there. It's just the article said that SQL Server 2014 launch was announced, but it actually happened over 2 weeks ago.

Enron said,
I'm interested in using Azure Intelligent Systems Service to record and store sensor readings from my cat.

Its not that good, cats are crafty little sh**s, scaling only goes so far!

Man Steve Ballmer was a busy bee towards the end of his career at Microsoft, wasn't he? He really made things glamorous for whoever was going to replace him, meaning all the stuff they've been announcing lately has been thought up and in development for a while.

CEOs tend to be busy people; I don't get your point. History probably won't look upon Steve as a "busy bee", though. Time will tell.

I think the point here is all the attention on the new flurry of 'stuff' from MS is being accredited to Satya, but in realty its been in the works for a while under Balmers watch.

I really like Satya, don't get me wrong, but Balmer seems to get a rough ride even when hes obviously behind (as a CEO) most of the stuff we're seeing lately.

It all started with the restructuring and shuffling about, the move to be a devices and services company.

Satya is obviously a very intelligent man, and I really like the feeling he brings to the company, but its obvious Balmer has a lot of love for the company as it seems he almost queued up all these announcements and changes so his successor could hit the ground running in terms of major impact.

All in all its good for the company/.

Balmer was really not as much control at the end as people thought. It was combination of the board and senior management. Once he announced he was going to resign he lost a lot power with the organization.

Office for iPad was a different thing altogether but a lot of the Azure and other stuff announced today was probably initiated by Satya himself.

Melfster said,
Balmer was really not as much control at the end as people thought. It was combination of the board and senior management. Once he announced he was going to resign he lost a lot power with the organization.

That's pure speculation on your part, and I've heard the opposite from people who cover MS exclusively.