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Microsoft announces SQL Server 2005 product line
Posted on 25-Feb-2005 08:50 | Filed under: News

Microsoft Corp. has announced detailed information about the new product line for Microsoft SQL Server 2005, the next version of its database and analysis product, including information about new functionality and pricing for the expanded product line.

Along with the SQL Server 2005 product line, Microsoft announced it would immediately make available SQL Server 2000 Workgroup Edition. This version will have the same focus as SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition, but will be based on SQL Server 2000 functionality.

With the Microsoft announcement came the information that Dell Inc. will be the first vendor to agree to offer Workgroup Edition and Standard Edition for both SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 prepackaged with Dell PowerEdge servers. Dell today made available results of a price/performance benchmark for TPC-C using SQL Server 2000 Workgroup Edition on Dell PowerEdge servers at $1.40/tpmC.

With SQL Server 2005, customers will be able to take advantage of Microsoft's recently announced licensing for multicore processors, which allows customers to license SQL Server 2005 on a per-processor basis instead of a license per core. SQL Server 2005 can be licensed in the following three ways:

  • Processor license, a separate license for each processor in a server running SQL Server
  • Server plus device CALs, a separate license for each server running SQL Server, plus a client access license (CAL) for each client device
  • Server plus user CALs, a separate license for each server running SQL Server, plus a CAL for each user accessing the server

    There will be four new editions, offering different ranges of features, from high availability and scalability to advanced business intelligence tools. The SQL Server 2005 product line will consist of:

    SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
    SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition is a fully integrated data management and analysis platform for business-critical enterprise applications. This edition will offer data partitioning, advanced high availability with database mirroring, complex analytic and integration capabilities, ad hoc reporting with Report Builder, a database snapshot, and complete online and parallel operations, ensuring a powerful and reliable system to support large and growing enterprise applications. Available for an estimated retail price of US$24,999 per processor or US$13,499 per server (25 CALs).

    SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
    SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition is a complete data management and analysis platform designed for medium-sized businesses and infrastructures that require highly available systems. This edition will include enhanced functionality previously only available with SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, such as high availability with database mirroring and clustering, and integrated 64-bit support for both x64 and Itanium systems, which will give medium-sized companies more flexibility for growth before investing in Enterprise Edition. Standard Edition supports up to four processors, unlimited database size and unlimited system memory. Available for an ERP of US$5,999 per processor or US$2,799 per server (10 CALs), SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition also will include SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Analysis Services and SQL Server Reporting Services, providing customers with enhanced BI functionality at no additional cost.

    SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Editions
    Workgroup Edition is the newest product available for both SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005, and will provide an easy-to-use database solution designed specifically for small to medium-sized organizations. It is the ideal choice for customers who want rich database features in a simple-to-manage solution, with more scalability than SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Available for an ERP of US$3,899 per processor or US$739 per server (five CALs), Workgroup Edition supports up to two processors, unlimited database size and two gigabytes of memory, making it an extremely low-cost full-size database solution.

    SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
    SQL Server 2005 Express Edition replaces Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) for SQL Server 2000 and is a free and redistributable version of the SQL Server 2005 database engine. This edition is the fastest way for novice developers to learn, develop and deploy small-footprint, data-driven applications, as well as an easy way for customers and partners to get started with SQL Server 2005. It also will be useful for larger enterprise companies looking to dedicate smaller databases to developer projects. In addition, partners can embed and redistribute SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with their applications. Available for free via Web download, SQL Server 2005 Express Edition will include a graphical management tool; a report wizard and controls; replication, a SQL Service Broker client, native database encryption and key management support; and Common Language Runtime (CLR) and Extensible Markup Language (XML) support.

    Microsoft also will continue to offer SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition for developers looking to build and test SQL Server-based applications.

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