January 19, 2011, 8:26 AM — Microsoft and HP are teaming up to deliver a $2 million data warehouse appliance and four other hardware/software products in a bid to outshine recent moves by Oracle and IBM.
The HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance is available this week starting at nearly $2 million, which does not include the price of Microsoft software, HP and Microsoft said. The big appliance, advertised as 200 times faster and 10 times more scalable than traditional SQL Server deployments, will include at least two racks of servers and storage, built around the HP ProLiant DL980 systems. Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse will be licensed separately.
A joint announcement by HP and Microsoft on Wednesday continues a $250 million partnership unveiled a year ago, and potentially gives the vendors a bigger stake in the market for integrated hardware-and-software appliances designed to run business applications. The moves could be seen as countering Oracle's Exadata database machine, a result of the Sun acquisition; and IBM's acquisition of Netezza, a maker of data warehouse appliances.
But Microsoft SQL Server general manager Doug Leland says the Microsoft/HP partnership is unique because it combines "the best software company on the planet with the best hardware company." Microsoft does not have any other partnerships "on a similar scale, in this particular arena," he says.
The appliances delivered by HP and Microsoft target a wide range of "application services such as business intelligence, data warehousing, online transaction processing and messaging," the vendors say in a press release. "The jointly engineered appliances, and related consulting and support services, enable IT to deliver critical business applications in as little as one hour, compared with potentially months needed for traditional systems."
The other systems won't be nearly as pricey as the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance.