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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance for SQL Server 2012

As a follow-up to my blog Microsoft SQL Server Reference Architecture and Appliances, Dell recently announced the future availability of Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance based on SQL Server 2012.  Right now only HP has a Business Data Warehouse appliance (BDW).  Basically these are pre-built appliances for data warehouses up to 5 TB based which are Fast Track Data Warehouse compliant.  HP is based on Fast Track 3.0 and Dell will be based on the upcoming Fast Track 2012.  HP has SQL Server 2012 Fast Track Data Warehouse candidate reference architectures with plans to expand the portfolio of SQL Server 2012 configurations in the future.

It’s good to see other companies besides HP creating these appliances, and hopefully others will follow suite,


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