Microsoft rolls out a trio of big data products to help customers make further use of data gathered from any source-- SQL Server 2014, the Analytics Platform System (APS) and the Azure Intelligent Systems Service.
SQL Server 2014 brings in-memory capability to OLTP, data warehousing and business intelligence workloads. Microsoft describes it as a "breakthrough product," and claims it processes online transactions up to 30x faster than previous SQL Server versions.
It also runs workloads on the Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud, meaning organisations can tier SQL workloads for high availability in the cloud.
Meanwhile the APS promises "big data in a box." It combines SQL Server and Hadoop technology in a single, lower-cost offering. It allows customers to do queries across transactional systems and servers, as well as website logs and social data streams.