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SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)

Last updated Feb 21, 2024

Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a comprehensive platform designed for building high-performance data integration solutions, one of many ETL Tools. These solutions include extraction, transformation, and load (ETL) packages vital for data warehousing.

SSIS offers a suite of graphical tools and wizards that aid in the construction and debugging of packages. It provides tasks for executing a variety of workflow functions such as FTP operations, SQL statement executions, and email messaging.

Furthermore, it includes data sources and destinations to facilitate data extraction and loading, alongside transformations for data cleaning, aggregating, merging, and copying. SSIS also features a management database, SSISDB, responsible for the administration of package execution and storage, as well as application programming interfaces (APIs) for leveraging the Integration Services object model.

# History

Initially launched with Microsoft SQL Server 2005, SSIS served as the successor to Data Transformation Services, a feature present in SQL Server since Version 7.0.

Differing from DTS, which was a staple in all SQL Server versions, SSIS is exclusively offered in the “Standard”, “Business Intelligence”, and “Enterprise” editions. However, with the introduction of “Visual Studio Dev Essentials”, SSIS has become accessible with Visual Studio 2017 for development and learning purposes at no additional cost.

# Mostly used with SSRS

SSRS and Microsoft SQL Server are used as a power how with SSAS on top.

# Future

Besides traditional ETL tools, newer more modern Data Orchestrators have come up.