Let's start one-by-one.
Sharepoint Server 2010 contains Performancepoint Services for Sharepoint, which is the performance measurement or dashboarding solution candidate from Microsoft. Also I anticipate that it will also contain Powerpivot Services for Sharepoint (PSS).
Sharepoint Server 2010 has the below mentioned preliminary requirements:
- SharePoint Server 2010 will be 64-bit only.
- SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2.
- SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005.
From the above set of requirements it's very easy to make out that if one wants to have Performancepoint Services and/or Powerpivot Services for Sharepoint or even just Sharepoint Server 2010 for hosting of it's dashboarding solution, the entire landscape of Microsoft BI line of products used in the solution including the Operating Systems needs to be 64-bit. Also the hardware needs to be 64-bit compliant.
If the above is not enough, there's still more left. I recently came to know from one of the threads on SSIS forum that Master Data Services, which is Microsoft's new offering in SQL Server 2008 R2 (and is expected to be released in the coming quarter) for Master Data Management is going to be 64-bit only.
So for aspirants who are keen on getting their hands-on the new products are left with fewer options to try out all these new features, as most of us do not have 64-bit operating systems or hardware within our accessibility. The only hope is that, if Microsoft releases a new Microsoft Business Intelligence VPC that comes loaded with all these softwares, like the previous ones.