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  • 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 as...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: New Video: The History of SQL Server

    The history of SQL Server dates back to 1989 when the product came about as a result of a partnership between Microsoft, Sybase, and Ashton-Tate. SQL Server has evolved tremendously over the years and now Microsoft is getting ready to bring SQL Server 2012 to market, beginning with the SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Get a free copy of SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition!

    First the let’s talk about the great Microsoft breakout sessions at this year’s PASS Summit conference!  Some of the highlights from the 60+ Microsoft sessions include Liam Cavanagh (3 sessions on the upcoming SQL Azure Database solution), Buck Woody (2 sessions on Manageability, and 1 session on...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 SP2 is available for download today!

    Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are now ready for download on the Microsoft Download Center. Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 includes new compatibility features with SQL Server 2008 R2, product improvements...
  • Blog Post: Attend PASS Community Summit 2008 - Seattle, WA – Nov 18-21

    The Microsoft SQL Server Developer Team will be turning out in force for this year’s PASS Community Summit 2008. As the single largest gathering of Microsoft SQL Server professionals in the world, PASS Summit is the most important technical conference of the year for the SQL Server community. With...
  • Blog Post: Top Web hosting companies offer SQL Server 2008

    Customers can have their web sites hosted using SQL Server 2008 today with top Web hosting companies. These certified Microsoft partners provide customers with low-cost options that enable a fast and easy way for anyone to start using SQL Server 2008. Customers can take advantage of SQL Server 2008 features...
  • Blog Post: 'Beyond Heroes' - Behind the scenes with SQL Server 2008 at TechEd 2008

    Developers were treated to a first hand look at what is possible using Microsoft's Data Platform technologies. SQL Server 2008, the Microsoft Sync Framework and the new SQL Server Data Services cloud storage were featured in Bill Gate's keynote on Tuesday. Technical Fellow, Dave Campbell, took the audience...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Services Launches New Offerings for Mission Critical Customers

    Customers running mission critical solutions have asked Microsoft to provide higher levels of service and support for their environments, given the potential negative impact to their business if an incident or outage occurs to their mission critical solution. With that in mind, Microsoft Services today...
  • Blog Post: Pitney Bowes stamps SQL Server 2008

    Pitney Bowes and Microsoft launched an awareness campaign that boasts collaborations and partnerships between our companies.  Murray Martin, President and CEO of Pitney Bowes, outlined several key initiatives (listed below), but one of particular interest is the new SQL Server 2008 commemorative...
  • Blog Post: Fourth Largest US Stock Exchange, Direct Edge, Looks to SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse for Big Data Needs

    We’re pleased to share that Direct Edge, the United States’ fourth largest stock exchange, has chosen SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) to help manage the increasing volume of data acquired daily through its trading platforms. When the Direct Edge converted from an Electronic...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 tops TechEd 2008 IT Pro conference

    On the heels of last week's successful TechEd 2008 for Developers, SQL Server 2008 was again well received at the second half of TechEd 2008 devoted to IT Pros. Over 8,786 customers, partners, press, and staff attended last the IT Pro week long event. Microsoft Senior VP of Server & Tools Bob...
  • Blog Post: New SQL Server 2008 Experience web site launched

    Today, Microsoft launched the SQL Server 2008 Experience, which is a new web site that helps Microsoft’s customers and partners learn behind-the-scenes details about about SQL Server 2008. The launch of the SQL Server 2008 Experience kicks off a worldwide readiness outreach that will reach over...
  • Blog Post: entities, Entities, ENTITIES!

    It's getting louder If you've been following Microsoft's efforts around data programmability, you'll have inevitably heard a thing or two about "entities". Specifically, the Entity Data Model (EDM) and the ADO.NET Entity Framework (EF). These technologies lay the groundwork for major advancements...
  • Blog Post: Back by popular demand: SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) Accelerated Exam Preparation Program

    Our first online live accelerated training program for SQL Server MCM was such a hit that we’re bringing it back starting March 6. Whether you’re preparing for SQL Server 2008 MCM exams, or just looking to take your SQL Server skills to the next level, don’t miss out on this unique training opportunity...
  • 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.    ...
  • 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...