Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) testing Hekaton to make online transactions 50 times faster than standard SQL Server

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has made the move to speed online transaction processing, with a plan to add in-memory features to its SQL Server relational database manager. The new version of SQL Server is set to enable users to host database tables, or even entire databases, within a server’s memory. Doug Leland, a general manager in Microsoft’s server and tools business, said that all applications that are throttled by the I/O of a hard disk would benefit by having its data moved into memory.

The software giant is testing the technology, code-named Hekaton, with a number of its customers. With a move to hold a database table in memory, a server would be able to execute transactions that use that table much more quickly, because it doesn’t need to read data from nor write data to a disk. Microsoft (MSFT) anticipates that its in-memory technology will allow running transactions 50 times faster than a standard SQL Server setup can.

To have a quick look on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s price history, beta used to measure the volatility or systematic risk in comparison to the market as a whole was 1.17 and the percentage change in the price over the last fifty two weeks remained at +6.08%. The price range in those 52 weeks had a highest hit of $32.95 on Mar 16, 2012 while lowest level during that period was $24.30 on Nov 25, 2011.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) moved up 3.37% in this year and its price history showed most recently beta was at 0.64. Overall during the last 12 months, the percentage change in the price was 3.01%, hitting the highest of $211.79 on Oct 05, 2012 while lowest level in that period was $177.06 on Nov 25, 2011.
Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL)’s shares rallied 17.92% so far in 2012. The stock most recently had a beta value at 1.48 and the percentage change in the price over the last fifty two weeks remained at 0.30%. The price range in that 1-year period had a best hit of $33.29 on Sep 21, 2012 while lowest level in the same period was $24.91 on Dec 21, 2011.

So far, the share price of Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) jumped 15.49% in this year and stock’s price history revealed that beta was maintained at 1.26 and the percentage change in the price over the last fifty two weeks remained as 22.61%.

 

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