What do you like best?
The parallel data warehouse is a massive storage appliance with exceptional speed.
The platform is all Microsoft and integrates well with all other Microsoft products and infrastructure.
Microsoft's support of the product has been outstanding.
What do you dislike?
Report Builder allows for quite a bit of customization but we found it be missing some the features that make other application like Crystal Reports so easy to use. Simple features such as moving columns within a table can be a bit frustrating. Formatting text and writing formulas (expressions) is easier in Crystal Reports.
Recommendations to others considering the product
If you want a 10-40x faster due to parallel loading of data. Data loading speed is 250Gb/hr per compute node (a half rack of 4 compute nodes gives 1 TB/hour, with minimal query performance impact) then this is the right program for you
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We use it for analyze large data