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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 .

Fast Track Data Warehouse Reference Guide for SQL Server 2012

I have previously blogged about Fast Track Data Warehouse, a reference configuration optimized for data warehousing (see Microsoft SQL Server Reference Architecture and Appliances).  That was version 3.0 of the reference configuration that was for SQL Server 2008 R2.  Just released is version 4.0 for SQL Server 2012 (download).

The following table provides a list of notable changes or updates:

Description Version Note
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Links to other SQL Server Best Practices documents
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Benchmarking and validation
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Memory requirements
SQL Server 2012 4.0 xVelocity memory-optimized columnstore indexes
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Solid state storage
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Validation and columnstore indexes
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Validation of baseline I/O

More Info:

SQLAuthority News – Fast Track Data Warehouse Reference Guide for SQL Server 2012

Microsoft Data Warehouse Features

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