re: Microsoft SQL Server 2014: Final Countdown
I interviewed Quentin Clark, Corporate VP of the Data Platform Group at Microsoft, as part of my research for this article. It was Clark who announced CTP 2 on Wednesday, and here's what he told InformationWeek about Microsoft's two key in-memory competitors:
"There are in-memory solutions that exist that are new products [Author's note: He's clearly talking about SAP Hana here]. What they tell customers is, 'if you have an existing application or a packaged app, it will have to be rewritten.'
We don't subscribe to that view. We are building in-memory capabilities into Microsoft SQL Server in a way that's compatible so that customers will not be faced with rewriting their applications. That, alone, weeds out nearly all in-memory databases that are commercially available.
The other thing we can look at is where we are in development. Between our in-memory columnar work [for analytics], which was introduced in SQL Server 2012, and our in-memory transaction processing work, which will release as part of SQL Server 2014, we're light years ahead of where our competitors are [Author's note: Here he's clearly talking about the coming Oracle in-memory option for 12c]. They may have announced something, but there's no product there and there's not even a description of when that product may come."