Microsoft’s embrace of server bundles may wrankle IT

Hidden in Microsoft’s announcement of the public beta for its Azure Analysis Service was word of another big data development: the SQL Server 2016 DW Fast Track Reference Architecture.

It sounds innocuous and even downright useful. Microsoft has, in its words, “collaborated with a number of our hardware partners on a joint effort to deliver validated, preconfigured solutions that reduce the complexity and drive optimization when implementing a data warehouse based on SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition.”

However, this sounds a lot like the “validated, preconfigured solution[s]” Microsoft has declared its sole delivery method for Azure Stack in hybrid deployments. If Microsoft is building a hybrid cloud future where every significant part, from database to compute, requires specific hardware, that’s going to turn off a lot of IT.

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