the reason for the release schedule was to properly align Microsoft's flagship
database product with Microsoft Office, and with Microsoft's "cloud" strategy.
One of the strengths of the SQL Server platform is that it works well with our
other products, and in Microsoft Office 2010 and the latest release of
SharePoint we have included amazing array of Business Intelligence features for
the "non-IT" worker. This means your business users can get at the data they
need and want, and the IT department can still control and protect the data the
way it should be. It's the best of all worlds.
doesn't stop there. As you may have heard, Microsoft is "all in", with a
comprehensive cloud strategy. We have not only a complete cloud
development platform (Azure) but also a relational database offering (SQL
Azure) that goes beyond just hosting a SQL Server Instance in a rack somewhere.
SQL Server 2008 R2 allows you to connect to SQL Azure like you're connecting to
a local server. You now have capacity on demand, without losing any of your
local systems or control.
there's more - this release also includes the "Datacenter" edition, with
support for up to 256 logical processors, data and backup compression (from SQL
Server 2008) and the ability to use SQL Server with "Live Migration" - a
virtualization technology that lets you move virtualized servers without
downtime. These features, along with rapid adoption in the most
mission-critical, enterprise-class environments means that you should consider
SQL Server as a "Tier 1" application platform.
are indeed exciting times for the data professional. Make sure you hit these
links to learn more - your organization is counting on you as the data
professional to know what's new and useful in the data world. You can also post
any questions you have on this post - I'll try and make sure someone gets back
Server 2008 R2 Launch Site: http://www.sqlserverlaunch.com/
Microsoft Site for SQL Server 2008 R2: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/R2.aspx
When will the RTM version of Standard/Enterprise be available for download through MSDN and Technet? The only RTM version I seem to be able to find is for the Express SKUs.
Yes Please tell when it will be avalible on MSDN. I am waiting for it to build out a test of the Released SharePoint 2010
MSDN/TechNet downloads will be available May 3, 2010.