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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): Microsoft StreamInsight

Microsoft StreamInsight, first introduced in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, is a way to effectively analyze large amounts of event data streaming in from multiple sources.  You can derive insights from critical information in near real-time.  StreamInsight is a platform for Complex Event Processing (CEP) giving you the ability to monitor, analyze, and act on data in motion and make informed decisions almost instantaneously.  Example application areas for CEP include financial applications, fraud detection, manufacturing, surveillance of internet traffic and real-time business intelligence.

Currently at version 1.2 of StreamInsight.  SQL Server 2012 will include version 2.0 of StreamInsight.

StreamInsight 2.0 requires Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC 0) license and .NET Framework 4.0. It includes the following performance improvements along with few bug fixes.

Performance Improvements

The following issues that help improve performance of a StreamInsight application are fixed in this version.

  • Queries can deadlock when a join operator has input streams that originate from a common source.
  • The memory consumed by a StreamInsight application may grow infinitely when lifetime of the left-side reference stream overlaps with a right-side continuous real-time stream of a Left Anti Semi Join operator.

More info:

Video StreamInsight 1.2 – New in SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3

Video Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight

Microsoft StreamInsight 1.2 BOL

Microsoft StreamInsight 2.0 BOL

Microsoft StreamInsight Blog

StreamInsight Samples

Where Microsoft StreamInsight Fits In

Video Microsoft StreamInsight: Introduction to Complex Event Processing with SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight

Video Introduction of MS StreamInsight

What is StreamInsight and why does it matter?

Getting started with StreamInsight

My StreamInsight Course for Pluralsight is Now Available

Using SQL Server Integration Services and StreamInsight Together

StreamInsight V2.0 Released!

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