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PowerPivot – Awesomeness…at a price…

Posted by Brian Gough on April 20, 2010

For those of you that have been hearing about this new creature called PowerPivot, here is a link to the PowerPivot home page – 


You can find some very nice demos, movies and access to a hands-on-lab to check it out.


This is a very powerful tool that will enable users to create some very nice user generated BI solutions against large amounts of data, and do it quickly.  There is also a PowerPivot for Excel add-in for excel 2010.

It really is impressive to see the responsiveness of the tool.  however, that responsiveness comes with a price.

You will need SQL Server 2008 R2 to use PowerPivot and the price of that is going up!

Rather than me retype everything, here is a link to Brent Ozar’s ( SQL MVP) article about it.

Just to give you an idea of the changes… “

R2 Enterprise Edition doesn’t come with unlimited virtualization.  To get that feature, you have to spring for the new Datacenter Edition, which costs around $60k per CPU socket”

He has many more gems at this link –


Well worth the read if you are considering using R2!.


Just thought you should know what is coming up!



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