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News Roundup: Hadoop, hypervisors, and Patch Tuesday

In this week’s server news roundup, we explore the latest on SQL Server 2012, talk hypervisors and upcoming patches.

In this week’s server news roundup, we explore the latest on SQL Server 2012 and Microsoft’s just-announced Hadoop integration, discuss the increasingly intense hypervisor competition, and point out the latest patches and service packs that should be on your radar.

Microsoft moves forward with SQL Server 2012, joins forces with Hadoop
At the PASS Summit in Seattle on Wednesday, Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2012 (previously code-named “Denali”) will be released in the first half of next year. Redmond Mag writes about the key features, including a data mashup tool called Power View and a data sharing tool Data Explorer.

Also announced: Hadoop-based distributions for Windows Server and Windows Azure (via GeekWire). The open-source, Apache-based data framework will be integrated tightly with SQL Server. Ars Technica writes that this move to tackle big data fits in with Microsoft’s overall strategy for the Windows Azure Marketplace, and ReadWriteWeb sheds light on the partnership with HortonWorks that makes this possible.

Meanwhile, Mr. Denny notes that the Hadoop-to-SQL-Server connector previewed in August was released last week, calling it a “big game changer.”
More on Hadoop and Microsoft: Q&A with database platform specialist Mark Kromer, SQL Server blog

Living in a multi-hypervisor world
VMware is no longer the only virtualization game in town – and that’s a good thing, wrote Veeam’s Rick Vanover on the Direct2Dell blog on the eve of DellWorld 2011. Many shops are adding alternative hypervisors atop their current solution; as Interop attendees told SearchServerVirtualization last week, sticking to just one vendor can leave you in a vulnerable position when it comes to cost.

This interest in alternative hypervisors extends to open source options like Citrix XenServer and the Kernel-based Virtual Machine, as well as Hyper-V, which Microsoft Server & Cloud GM Mike Neil discussed in detail this week on the TechNet Blog.
More on virtualization trends: Hyper-V gaining on VMware, Q&A with Mike Neil

It’s patching time again
In case you missed it, Microsoft unleashed its latest Patch Tuesday announcement, with eight security bulletins addressing 23 vulnerabilities.

The company has also recently released a few service packs, including one for the soon-to-be-dead Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) edge-protection software.
More on Windows patch management: The new Cluster-Aware Update Wizard

IIS on its way out?
The world of Web servers is hosting its own competition. Most Windows shops have traditionally used Internet Information Services (IIS), while others have used Apache. But ZDNet notes the emergence of open-source server NGINX, even predicting it could overtake IIS by 2012. So much for that IIS smartphone app
More: IIS updates, Picking the right Web server

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