This reads like vapourjournalism
Maybe this makes sense but not to me. I'm going to stick my neck out and look stupid, but I have to ask -
1st para, setting the scene
2nd para talks about a "server appliance" - what does it do? Apparently it'll "use a subset of technology in Kilimanjaro" but what subset? A quick scan of the datallegro website just says how marvellous it is with its 'comprehensive, tightly integrated functionality' et bleedin cetera - so what is it? Likewise zoomix, with its 'Automating data enterprise excellence' (I think I'm going to be sick - sorry, review my internal dynamics using a paradigm of self-inversion). And then there's the "large scale and detailed analysis" - of what? how? why? what need does it fill?
3rd para tells us that stuff is happening between MS HP & oracle and talks about a "massive, parallel, high-speed server". Meaningless jabber (why report it?), but then it mentions a fact - Linux. So, Oracle didn't run on linux but will now? what's it saying? And the last bit suggests oracle will run on windows - I thought it did already.
para 4 is just boilerplate MS vapourware announcements. After reading it I don't even know when this thing I don't understand might (but probably won't) be delivered.
para 5 says that "the new version of SQL Server will be focused on business intelligence", but wasn't that the case with 2005 & 2008? (may be wrong about 08) but what BI improvements will it bring? And then there's ""Kilimanjaro will provide "self-service reporting" and "self-service analysis" through something called Project Gemini."" So what is gemini and what is self-service reporting/analysis and how will it persuade me to buy into it? I'm floundering.
Para 6 is more of the same empty guff as para 5
Para 7 is more of the bigger/faster/throbbier with its terabytes and huge numbers of concurrent users for some undefined value of concurrent, a rather multidimensional attribute IMO.
Wind up with two more paras of empty blather except perhaps for "new data warehouse reference configurations" which might mean something but I don't know what, and I'm done.
Now I don't mind looking stupid if I learn something from it, and I freely own that this is not the area of DBs in which my experience lives, so perhaps Gavin Clarke or someone could tell me in plain language, *WHAT IT WAS I JUST READ*??