Expert: Joel Minnick;

Hyper-V has already demonstrated proven customer demand in the short time it’s been in market, and many analysts are reporting that the R2 release in October 2009 will be disruptive to the virtualization industry’s status quo.  Microsoft’s mature product roadmap, varied solutions sales opportunities, and world-class partner commitment will bolster the outstanding feature set in Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 to provide an incredible business opportunity.  This discussion reviewed the unique value proposition of Microsoft Virtualization and how the partners’ offers will be unmatched. 


Expert: Esther Christopherson;

Why SQL Server 2008 R2?

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 provides a trusted, productive, and intelligent data platform that enables you to:

·         Run your business applications on a secure and reliable platform

·         Easily manage your business applications

·         Get insight into the data you collect by managing reports and analysis of any size or complexity using built in reporting tools

·         Facilitate seamless and secure sharing and collaboration

·         Reduce cost by building on your existing investment with Microsoft and by increasing productivity through familiar tools

SQL Server 2008 R2 builds upon the 2008 release with new capabilities, solutions and features that will help your organization succeed.

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è And a little blurb about me:  Esther Christoffersen is a Product Manager in the US BMO Server Platform Team for SQL Server focused on Small & Midsize Business customers and the partners serving this space. Get SQL Server updates on and see BI videos focused on the SMB customer at

è Q&A:

When will SQL2K8R2 be available for SBS?

A: Later this fiscal year.

Similarly, which version of SQL Server will be included with the premium edition of SBS 2008 R2?

A: SE R2 will be included.



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