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Microsoft to Acquire DATAllegro
Leaders in Data Warehousing Team to Provide Large Scale Business Intelligence Solutions

by Maroushka Kanywani, Editor, Dashboard InsightFriday, July 25, 2008

Aliso Viejo, Calif. and Redmond, Wash. — Jul. 24, 2008 — Microsoft today announced that it intends to acquire DATAllegro, provider of breakthrough data warehouse appliances. The acquisition will extend the capabilities of Microsoft’s mission-critical data platform, making it easier and more cost effective for customers of all sizes to manage and glean insight from the ever expanding amount of data generated by and for businesses, employees and consumers.

“DATAllegro is a tremendously innovative company that has started to redefine the data warehouse market,” said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Data and Storage Platform Division at Microsoft. “Microsoft SQL Server 2008 delivers enterprise-class capabilities in business intelligence and data warehousing and the addition of the DATAllegro team and their technology will take our data platform to the highest scale of data warehousing.”

“Integrating DATAllegro’s non-proprietary hardware platform and flexible software architecture into Microsoft SQL Server will provide customers with the strongest offering in the market,” said Stuart Frost, CEO of DATAllegro. “We are excited to join forces with Microsoft and continue the innovation this company was founded on.”

Unlike most data warehouse appliance vendors targeting the 1-25 terabyte range, DATAllegro has specialized in large volume, high performance data warehouses.  DATAllegro’s data warehouse appliance installations boast some of the largest data volume capacities in the industry – up to hundreds of terabytes on a single system. DATAllegro clients span such markets as retail, telecommunications and manufacturing. 

In addition to offering large capacities, DATAllegro’s patent-pending technology is designed for complex workloads including high concurrency and mixed queries. DATAllegro is one of the few data warehouse appliances built on a non-proprietary hardware platform including Dell and Bull servers and EMC storage. This flexible architecture makes it ideally suited to integrate with SQL Server.

After completion of the acquisition, Microsoft will retain most of DATAllegro’s team as well as its headquarters in Aliso Viejo, California making it a Center of Excellence for data warehousing.  Existing DATAllegro customers will continue to be supported.

“We are pleased to support DATAllegro's pending acquisition,” said Lisa Lambert, Intel Capital managing director, Software and Solutions Group. “DATAllegro's integration with SQL Server is the opti mal next generation solution and the acquisition by Microsoft is a great conclusion for the company.”

To help customers of all sizes keep up with the current “data explosion” and allow them to benefit from the next generation of data-driven applications, Microsoft is focused on delivering not just a database, but a data platform. A leader in Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence (BI), SQL Server includes a comprehensive, tightly integrated functionality for data management as well as advanced BI out of the box. SQL Server delivers on Microsoft’s vision for pervasive BI by providing capabilities for large-scale data warehousing, rich interoperability with Microsoft Office, and enhanced functionality for Microsoft’s BI solutions. SQL Server is a key element of the broader Microsoft Application Platform, a portfolio of technology capabilities and core products that help organizations develop, deploy and manage dynamic applications and IT infrastructure.

About DATAllegro

DATAllegro offers the most advanced data warehouse appliance on an enterprise-class platform. By combining DATAllegro’s patent-pending software with the industry’s leading hardware, storage and database technologies, DATAllegro has taken data warehouse performance and innovation to the next level. DATAllegro v3™ goes beyond the high performance of first generation data warehouse appliances and adds the flexibility and scalability that only an open platform can offer. The result is a complete data warehouse appliance that enables companies with large volumes of data to increase their business intelligence.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

For more information, press only:
Rapid Response Team
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
(503) 443-7070

Or Julie Bassett (for DATAllegro)
(949) 290-3452

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