BNZ picked for cloud-capable SQL Server trial

Bank among 70 organisations to participate in global Microsoft programme

Microsoft has chosen the BNZ bank as one of 70 organisations worldwide to participate in the Rapid Deployment Programme (RDP) for the latest, cloud-capable, version of its SQL Server, code-named Denali.

Most of the other participants are Fortune 500 companies, says Steve Haddock, Microsoft NZ’s business group lead for server and tools.

“It’s a true reflection on how technologically advanced and innovative we are in this country,” he says, “and we are excited to see BNZ get the opportunity to participate on the world stage and really make a difference to this product.”

A Microsoft statement quotes Dave Thompson, Head of Business Intelligence at BNZ, as saying involvement in the Denali RDP has been a huge opportunity for the company.

“Being one of the first New Zealand companies to deploy Denali gives us a strategic business advantage, and communicating back to the Microsoft engineering team means we can help steer development to suit our business needs – something which is invaluable,” he was quoted as saying.

Unfortunately, Thompson is currently overseas and unavailable to give further details of the projects in which BNZ might use the new server.

The latest SQL Server is designed to enable business intelligence applications that extend data across on-premises and public cloud platforms, Microsoft says.

New features of the Denali release include AlwaysOn, a disaster recovery solution designed to minimise staff and technology down time.

Another new feature is Apollo a query-execution tool said to speed up analysis processes dramatically. Testing shows a query response rate up to a hundred times faster than previous versions, says Microsoft.

“For companies who need rapid access to business insights from large volumes of data Denali provides a complete preconfigured solution designed to streamline all business processes,” Haddock says.

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