At a recent conference for users of its SQL Server database, Microsoft officials demonstrated an upcoming tool the company says will enable database administrators to manage hundreds of database servers at a time.
The "application and multi-server management" feature will also enable DBAs to set policies and deploy applications to their entire "SQL Server Fabric," rather than one at a time, according to Microsoft.
The feature will arrive with the upcoming Kilimanjaro release of SQL Server 2008. Due in 2010, Kilimanjaro will be the first version of SQL Server that can "scale out" to hundreds of servers — hence the need for the management feature.
Kilimanjaro, which some are calling SQL Server 10.5, will be aimed at large-scale data warehouses with tens or hundreds of terabytes of data. It will allow Microsoft to compete with the likes of Teradata in the high-end business intelligence space, as well as IBM and Oracle.