If you’re interested in the next release of SQL Server, the BI-focused SQL Server 2008 R2, you’ll be pleased to know that the August CTP is available for download here for MSDN and TechNet members.

Here’s the skinny from the download page:

SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server 2008 to help your organization scale with confidence and improve IT and developer efficiency with new and enhanced tools for application and multi-server management, master data services and complex event processing. The new Self Service BI capabilities will empower end users to access, integrate, analyze and share information using business intelligence tools they already know – Microsoft Office.

The August Customer Technology Preview (CTP) includes Application and Multi-server Management which will help organizations manage database environments efficiently at scale with increased visibility and control across the application lifecycle. This CTP also includes Microsoft SQL Server StreamInsight, Microsoft’s new complex event processing technology to help businesses derive better insights by correlating event streams from multiple sources with near-zero latency.

The Fall 2009 CTP will include the remaining SQL Server 2008 R2 features including Master Data Services and Self Service Business Intelligence capabilities delivered in SQL Server Reporting Services and Project “Gemini”.

If you’re into it, go get it!

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