Re: I don't know where to start
Well Matt 21, let me help you here..
"Microsoft has quietly commenced its own seemingly impossible mission, a complete re-write of a little known database which will be released two years into the future, and will be known as SQL Server 7."
What you mean Sybase? Little known and failure, Did you research Sybase at all?
"Redmond's new database will compete with the entrenched kings of the database world, Oracle and DB2."
SQLServer 7 didn't in any way compete against the existing Oracle and DB2 installs. Only recently has it blipped on the radar, but only recently.
"It is time to re-think why data is stored on slow, unreliable disk, for anything other than recovery and archive purposes."
You mean floppies right? Cause Hard Drives with their various redundancy lead controllers (like using RAID perhaps?) seems to be the best long time storage available for reliability... Certainly this is NOT the case for RAM (not long term storage) or FLASH (not as reliable).
"One table at a time migration is practical, reducing risk without requiring expensive consultancy or new skill sets. All common data types are supported - only the less often used XML, CLR and max() types are excluded. "
But there are some glaring omissions aren't there? Like no Foreign Keys and Check Constraints, or how about INT IDENTITY.. are they in there as well... Nope, not yet!.
Hekaton is a great technology, but I think the author is seeing MSSQL through rose tinted glasses.