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SQL Server 2008 R2 Launches!

SQL Server 2008 R2 Launches!

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It's here!  The latest version of SQL Server is out, and it's a big release. This is an exciting time for us - this release is an "R2" - a first for SQL Server. No, it isn't a service pack, and no, we didn't change the product so much that it affects anything that you've already installed in SQL Server 2008. You're still able to upgrade from SQL Server 2000 and higher, you get all of the benefits of moving from an earlier platform. Why this kind of timing and naming for the product? And what is different in this release than in SQL Server 2008? And Good questions all.

First, 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.

But it 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.

And 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.

These 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 with you:

SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Site: http://www.sqlserverlaunch.com/

Official 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.

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