SQL Server in the Clouds = BI 2.0 ?

In case you missed it, Microsoft announced SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) at MIX08, and you can sign up for a free beta.
 
It’s “a Web-facing utility-based services designed for businesses and developers  that need scalable, highly available, secure  and easily programmable on-demand data storage with robust database query capabilities.”
 
What SSDS offers:
  • Virtually limitless, on-demand scalability. Customers pay only for the resources actually consumed
  • Reduced costs.  Customers use the service with minimal up-front infrastructure and operational cost. Businesses can minimize their initial investment in hardware and software and the on-going cost for storage administration, scale maintenance.
  • Universal access.  SSDS supports simple web-programming interfaces like SOAP and REST for quick provisioning of web applications. Primary wire format is XML for data interchange.These easy to use, standards-based interfaces enable developers to focus on innovating with data quickly.

Microsoft SSDS is built upon existing Microsoft SQL Server relational database technologies, and will include a strong service level agreement (SLA) for business continuity. This will cover high availability, performance, and protection against data loss.

BI 2.0 just came a litte closer, get your data straight from the source through webservices into your datawarehouse. But what about performance and security ? I plan to install it soon.

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