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SQL Server 2008 r2

SQL Server 2008 r2

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For those that couldn’t justify going to to TechEd in LA, you may not be aware that the next version of SQL Server has been announced.  Following the Windows Server practice of major minor releases then new baby is SQL Server 2008r2.

Why another release so soon? Maybe this video will help..

Watch the Introduction to SQL Server 2008 R2 Video

How does the new release help? here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming in r2..

  • 256 Core support. BTW you’ll need Windows Server 2008 r2 as the operating system for this.
  • Master Data Management.  I posted some time ago that Stratature master data management tool that Microsoft bought would be rolled up inot SharePoint 2010, but now it’s going to be in SQL Server
  • Better project management and integration with Visual Studio
  • add-ins for Office 2010 :
    • Self service analysis  (the Gemini project)
    • Share your work in SharePoint 2010
    • Analysis Services Dashboard in SharePoint 2010
  • Self service reporting
    • Report models get unspecified improvements
    • Virtual Earth integration
    • Libraries to share report components


If you are interested in this you can register for the beta here.

  • I'm holding out for SQL Server 2008 Threepio.

    (sorry couldn't help it :-)

  • This is not funny anymore. I am a big fan of Microsoft products, but this is too much. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE IT CORE if you have to watch that maybe next week your just-installed SQL Server will become obsolete and unsupported! I'm gonna switch my mind to Oracle, which is more long-lasting product. I'm sure 11g will EASILY survive next 10 years, whereas in Microsoft world I'll have to reinstall my fundamental infrastructure several times. I refuse to accept it. It's not cost-wise or business-wise. Thanks for the article.

  • Microsoft once again going over board by doing things more to complicate the products. Why can't we just keep things as simple and leave the core alone. People can always add things if they want to.

  • Guys intersting comments whihc I will deal with in my next post


  • My post announcing the next version of SQL Server picked up a couple of comments and rather than squeeze

  • Virtual Earth integration? Don't you mean "Bing Maps For Enterprise" integration?!

    (I had no issue with the Virtual Earth name anyway, but if it had to be rebranded, surely "Microsoft Maps" would have worked better... sigh.)

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