It seems to me that SSAS tabular models have some similar features when compared to data virtualization software, but the following cites "the combination of BizTalk, SQL Server Integration Services, Visual Studio, and SQL Server " as a Data Virtualization equivalent Microsoft.
Where do we go if we want the true Data Virtualization features? ....outside of Microsoft?
..excerpt from the above:
The Forrester wave, lists the following vendors, in their respective rankings:
3. Composite Software
4. Denodo Technologies
7. Stone Bond Technologies
8. Red Hat
It is clear that Informatica leads the pack, from a pure product perspective, by having Distributed Access, Data Services Implementation, Data Services Quality and Transformation, obtain a very high score.
It is slightly mind-boggling why Microsoft has achieved such a high-ranking in this space. They provide BizTalk, SQL Server Integration Services, and Visual Studio as their Data Virtualisation tool set. Forresters comment on it as follows: “Although Microsoft does not actively market a productized data virtualization solution, customers often find that the combination of BizTalk, SQL Server Integration Services, Visual Studio, and SQL Server delivers a powerful option to create a data services layer, especially when using the Microsoft platform.“