Commodity Database Servers

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  • The TerraServer is a joint project with the SQL Server team to build a large database. The goal is to stress test SQL Server and also to show it off on the Internet. We have built an interesting application using data from the Russian Space Agency (their American agent is Aerial Images which operates under the service mark of SPIN-2 (Sovinform Sputnik 2-meter Imagery.) We also have data from the USGS (30% of the US). The application was demonstrated on May 20 using SQL Server Beta1. We are now rebuilding the database and application for the Internet launch late this year.
  • Server and database configurations Job scheduling and monitoring (SQL Agent) Event management / alerting/ paging Graphical data import/export and transforms Database/ filegroups/ files/ log / object mgmt Replication with improved monitoring Backup/restore, security, roles, scripting
  • Microsoft is building on its traditional strengths to provide a very appealing software “platform” for the deployment of data warehouse systems. In order to have a “whole product” for data warehousing, the system implementers choose tools from members of the Microsoft Alliance for Data Warehousing. The tools are used to either access source data and feed it into Microsoft SQL Server, or to provide information access to users after the data warehouse database has been implemented.
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