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Microsoft to offer in-memory computing

In-memory computing to be included in next major release of SQL

Microsoft will make in-memory computing available as part of the next major launch of SQL Server.
Microsoft will make in-memory computing available as part of the next major launch of SQL Server.

Microsoft is set to introduce in-memory computing to its SQL Server database.

The new technology, codenamed ‘Hekaton', is likely to offer a rival to SAP and Oracle's own in-memory computing capabilities.

Hekaton was revealed at the Microsoft PASS Summit, and is currently in a private preview with a small number of customers. The technology will offer performance gains of up to ten times for existing apps and fifty times for new optimised applications, according to Microsoft. The software will be installable on commodity servers, and will assess the storage and memory resources on the server, and automatically decide what tables to load into the main memory.

Hekaton is expected to be available with the next major release of SQL Server, meaning availability by 2014 or 2015.