My first, biggest thought about DATAllegro’s acquisition by Microsoft is “Why the ____ did it have to happen while I was trying to relax on my annual Cayman vacation???” Not coincidentally, I don’t plan to neatly cross-link all my posts and so on about DATAllegro/Microsoft until I get back to Acton this weekend.
One linking screwup is that I previously forgot to mention that — in addition to the numerous posts here — I also made several DATAllegro/Microsoft-related posts on my Network World blog A World of Bytes. They include:
- A quick primer on specialty data warehouse technologies (nothing new there if you’re a regular reader of this blog)
- An overview of why this announcement is important.
- Some quick notes on Infiniband, scale-out, and 10GbE.
Also, I’d like to correct an error that’s crept into some of the coverage of the deal, for example InformationWeek’s (quoting Gartner). Folks, there is no way on Earth that Microsoft is going to continue DATAllegro’s strategy of reselling a single or very limited range of hardware choices as the only way to get its high-end data warehousing software. Rather, Microsoft is going to have multiple “reference architectures,” covering many hardware, storage, and networking options. I.e., Microsoft will pursue the data warehouse packaging strategy Oracle is following today, but will do so with much better technology.