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Today, when I went to www.microsoft.com/sql I was delighted to find the image to the left with a link to download the evaluation edition of the newest release of SQL Server  - SQL Server 2012.  There are so many great features in this edition that listing them would not make sense. Instead, you should register for and attend the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch event tomorrow (March 7th) to find out more.

The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event includes 30+ sessions to learn about the new capabilities of SQL Server 2012 at your own pace, on your own schedule. This event brings together a who’s who of industry experts and executives to tell the SQL Server 2012 story in this unique online launch event. You will also “meet” with partners, experts, and peers in a virtual “Expo Hall” to discuss SQL Server 2012 one-on-one.

The full agenda for the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch event is broken down into three tracks: 

  • Mission Critical Confidence covering all elements that make SQL Server 2012 the right data platform and a better choice for DBAs than Oracle (there’s even a session on that!) including AlwaysOn, ColumnStore Indexes, and more.
  • Breakthrough Insights where you will learn about the great new features to help your business intelligence projects succeed including the BI Semantic Model, integration with SharePoint, new features in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and more.
  • Cloud On Your Terms including SQL Server’s integration with Apache Hadoop, the blazingly fast capabilities of the the Parallel Data Warehouse Appliance, as well as how to integrate with and take advantage of SQL Azure.

The SQL Server Virtual Launch event starts March 7th at 8am PST.  Register today and attend tomorrow.  Don’t forget to also download the SQL Server 2012 RTM Evaluation Edition to get started working with SQL Server 2012 today.  Stay tuned for SQL Server 2012-focused blog posts by the “SQL Guy” coming Wednesdays over the next while.

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