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Microsoft previews new SQL Server; Red Hat swaps certs

SQL Server 'Denali' adds data quality; Dell cloudburst; other news.

IT channel news in brief for Nov. 11, 2010

Microsoft shows off Denali, next SQL Server

SEATTLE-- The next release of Microsoft SQL Server database, aka "Denali", will build in data quality tools and a Web-based data visualization and presentation application, aka "Crescent."

A sneak peak of the database, as well as the release of a first Community Technical Preview of actual code, came at the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) Summit here this week.

Ted Kummert, SVP of the Microsoft Business Platform division, said that Denali will concentrate on high availability with lower total cost of ownership, according to SearchSQLServer.com.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse was also released to manufacturing.

Two years after Project Madison, Microsoft's integration DatAllegro data warehousing expertise, executives demonstrated how PDW can scan 800 billion rows of data in 19 seconds.

Red Hat swaps one cert for another

As it launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red hat also unveiled a new base-level certification. The new Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification will show that the holder can perform key tasks in RHEL environments. The RHCSA cert replaces the Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) certification with the RHEL 6 launch

Dell pushes new clouds

Dell pushed a do it yourself private cloud vision this week, announcing new Hyper-V Clouds-- preconfigured server and storage systems running Microsoft's virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Self Service Portal 2.0. Cloud packages range from $9,722 to about $446,041, depending on customer needs, according to SearchCloudComputing.com

Customers can specify exactly what will run in their cloud-in-a-box. The entry point is a single PowerEdge R510 that runs 10 virtual machines (VMs) with 12 GB of RAM and 1.5 TB of storage for $9,722. The high end: 14 blade servers and 4 EMC CX4-DAE4P Fibre Channel storage arrays start at around $446,041.

HDS, IBM, NEC, HP and Fujitsu also offer Windows-based cloud packages.

MPOWER seeks to rally, help Microsoft VARs

Microsoft Partners for One World of Results (MPOWER) wants to help Microsoft partners gain useful business and marketing skills and work better with each other.

Launching today, MPOWER is an association for the owners and business development people of Microsoft partners. The goal is to help them build their business, as opposed to technical, skill sets, said founding board member Bill Luisi, who is also president of Teknion Data Solutions, a Dallas-based Microsoft partner.

MPOWER will launch an online magazine and a portal to help partners communicate with each other, find other partners for joint projects etc. Luisi said the effort complements Microsoft's own partner program, which relaunched Nov. 1. Partners can join for free and sign up on the MPOWER portal

The other founding members are Mauricio Cacique de Andrade, of Flag IntelliWan, out of Brazil, and Mahadevan Seetharaman, of Seattle-based iLink Systems, Inc. of Seattle.

Smith Bucklin worked with the founders on the project and will supply an executive director. There are some 680,000 Microsoft partners of all types worldwide.

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