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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 and SQL Server 2008 SP4 are now available!

    Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 and SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 4 . The Service Packs are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center. As part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our customers, this upgrade is available...
  • Blog Post: CTP for Service Pack 1 of SQL Server 2008 Available

    Today we are excited to announce the availability of our Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Service Pack 1 of SQL Server 2008 . This scheduled servicing release addresses feedback received from many of you who have deployed SQL Server 2008 since our release back in August 2008. We take every update...
  • Blog Post: New logo for SQL Server® 2008

    The Microsoft branding team unveiled an official new logo for SQL Server 2008 at TechEd 2008. The new symbol portion of the logo (officially called "dynamic grid symbol") is part of a larger branding strategy designed to help customers and partners distinguish server products in Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition Receives Common Criteria Certification

    We'd like to announce the Common Criteria (CC) certification of SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition (32 & 64 bit). SQL Server 2008 completed an IT security evaluation at the Basic Assurance Level (EAL1+) and was certified by BSI (Bundesamt fur Sicherheit in der Informationtechnik), the certifying...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RC0 Available for Everyone

    Today at TechEd 2008 in Orlando, Bob Muglia, Microsoft Vice President of Server and Tools, announced that SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) has been made available for public download. As previously announced, RC0 marks the final public release before SQL Server 2008 RTMs in Q3 of this year,...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server to manage 100's of Terabytes effortlessly with DATAllegro acquisition

    Big, big news for SQL Server customers. Microsoft announced intentions to acquire DATAllegro Inc. , which is a provider of breakthrough data warehouse appliances. This acquisition will make it easier and more cost-effective than ever before for customers of all sizes to manage and gather insight from...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP is now available for public testing

    SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP contains all the cumulative updates for SQL Server 2008, and fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms. These include supportability enhancements and issues that have been reported through Windows Error Reporting. SP2 CTP applies to: SQL...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 Available Today

    Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 will be available today for customers. The Service pack is available via download here and is primarily a roll-up of cumulative updates 1 to 3, quick fix engineering updates and minor fixes made in response to requests reported through the SQL Server community. While...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009 – New SQL Server Innovations

    At TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, Microsoft today announced new innovations from the SQL Server team. The next release, SQL Server 2008 R2 (formerly SQL Server ‘Kilimanjaro’), will include a new feature: Master Data Services (MDS). In addition to SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is talking about...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Available on August Price List

    Today at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, we announced that SQL Server 2008 will be on the August price list. This means that customers and partners will soon be able to place their orders for SQL Server 2008 as we get ready to RTM in Q3 of this year. The whole SQL Server team...
  • Blog Post: You Ask, We deliver – Timelines for SQL Server Service Packs

    The SQL Server team has been very busy building SQL Server 2008 R2 and we are extremely excited for the upcoming launch. The feedback from customers who have downloaded and tested a Community Technology Preview (CTP) has been invaluable. We believe that having an open and active dialogue with customers...
  • Blog Post: Free Download: Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant

    Microsoft recently announced the first CTP of a SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL v1.0, which automates aspects of the migration process to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 & 2008 including SQL Azure Database. SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL is the newest migration toolkit, others...
  • Blog Post: The recommended availability platform for SQL Server: Stratus ftServer

    Not your father’s fault tolerant server Partner blog post from Peter Cook, Director of Global Alliances, Stratus “The latest SQL Server technology delivers a robust infrastructure to support business-critical applications and to scale with growing business demands,” said...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP is Coming Soon!

    As we've talked about, in the second half of 2009 Microsoft will offer a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 R2. Register here . Space is limited so make sure you sign up soon!
  • Blog Post: New study finds 162% Risk-Adjusted ROI for SQL Server 2008 Deployment

    An independently commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting explores the economic impact and ROI achieved by a healthcare customer after deploying SQL Server 2008. Read the Total Economic Impact (TEI) study here . The customer operates four hospitals and other medical facilities, and...
  • Blog Post: Redmondmag.com goes inside SQL Server 2008

    Don Kiely from Redmond Developer Magazine wrote an article entitled “Inside SQL Server 2008,” that highlights the new features of SQL Server 2008. The article is also featured on the cover of the November 2008 print edition of the publication. A quote from Don's article reads, “SQL...
  • Blog Post: Day 2 at Collaborate 2010

    Interesting conversations with more CIOs today as well as partners in the Oracle ecosystem. Roughly 40% of new JD Edwards installations are being deployed with SQL Server. Drivers of that decision are simplicity, lower TCO/higher productivity connectedness with the Microsoft Desktop. In general, customers...
  • Blog Post: Unisys Releases the First Pre-Packaged Data Warehouse Solution

    Unisys releases high-performance SQL Server 2008 R2 pre-packaged DW solution with up to 50 TB Solid State Disk technology Unisys is the first in the market to offer a pre-packaged SQL Server optimized solution based on the new SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise or Datacenter Editions. The SQL Server Powerrack...
  • Blog Post: News about SQL Server Clinic at PASS Summit

    This year’s SQL Server Clinic will offer twice the resources! Top troubleshooters from the CSS SQL Server Escalation team are teaming up with expert SQLCAT design architects. Why pay $400+ an hour for database consultants when you get all-access passes to Microsoft’s CSS & SQLCAT experts throughout...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL

    Migrate from MySQL to SQL Azure or SQL Server with ease! Microsoft announced today the release of the first version of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL! Along with this release, Microsoft refreshed the existing SSMA family of products for Oracle, Sybase and Access with the latest v4...
  • Blog Post: More editions of SQL Server 2008 Express released

    In addition to the recently released core edition of SQL Server 2008 Express, SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services and the new SQL Server 2008 with Tools editions of SQL Server 2008 Express have been released. One of the key features of these two editions is that both include SQL Server Management...
  • Blog Post: Answers and Links for the Questions Asked During the #24HOP / #SQL Denali Challenge

    We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in the #24HOP / #SQLDenali Challenge at the end of the recent 24 Hours of PASS Sessions. It was very exciting for us to see so many of you getting involved and trying your best to win! Many of you told us that you had learned a lot...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 performs 1 trillion row query in seconds at BI Conference

    The Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle is buzzing today as Microsoft kicks off its second annual Business Intelligence Conference. Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop took the stage to speak to more than 2,500 customers and partners about end-user empowerment, self...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RC0 now available for subscribers

    On the heels of TechEd 2008 for Developers ending on Friday, we are happy to announce that SQL Server 2008 RC0 has been made available for early download by MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers. RC0 is the final step before SQL Server 2008 RTMs in Q3 of this year. After logging into their respective accounts...
  • Blog Post: Hy-Vee boosts performance by up to 100X, increases competitiveness with Parallel Data Warehouse deployment

    We’ve recently been talking about what goes on behind the scenes with SQL Server. While we love to share stories about the nuts and bolts of what we do, our favorite stories are those showing how customers are using our technology to tackle business challenges and achieve their goals. A great example...