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Microsoft and HP Introduce the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance; Available in November

Microsoft and HP recently announced that by November, the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance for SQL Server will be available.

The goal of this hardware and software combo is to increase the speed of deployment, as well as simplify management of hundreds of database instances in a virtualised “private cloud” environment.

Microsoft stated that by saving on floor space, energy usage and infrastructure, this appliance will enable customers to deploy new databases in minutes and reduce operational costs up to 75 percent over conventional database deployments.

Based on the ability to consolidate a database with no app or database changes using built-in tools for database migration and management, the device has been described as an industry first by Microsoft.

This device is also the answer to Exadata by Microsoft-HP. Exadata is a Oracle database machine that claims to have more than 1,000 deployments.

Exadata, which can be configured for data warehousing or consolidation in transactional environments, is mostly deployed for the latter use as asserted by competitors.

Earlier this year, HP introduced the HP Enterprise Data warehouse Appliance which runs on Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse. The present HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance is essentially the transactional side counterpart to that.