Great new SQL Server performance on Intel’s Xeon 5500 series, aka Nehalem-EP

Yesterday, Intel launched its new Xeon 5500 series processors, code named Nehalem-EP. This is essentially the first server-class version of what Intel launched on the desktop as Core i7 last fall. With no frontside bus, and an embedded, multi-channel memory controller in the processor package, it is smoking fast. Pat Gelsinger did a side-by-side performance demo which…

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An ETL World Record Revealed (Finally)

We suppose a more appropriate title would have been: Better Late Than Never.  David should begin by apologizing. Last month was the first anniversary of the ETL world record we set last year with SSIS, loading 1 TB of data in under 30 minutes. While Len did a nice blog post on the project at the time,…

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