Microsoft Corp. has announced the release to manufacturing of Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the new version of the company�s data management and business intelligence platform.
This version of SQL Server provides powerful new capabilities such as support for policy-based management, auditing, large-scale data warehousing, geospatial data, and advanced reporting and analysis services.
�Microsoft developed this release of SQL Server with the customer in mind,� said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Data and Storage Platform Division at Microsoft. �SQL Server 2008 is the only major database that includes comprehensive, tightly integrated functionality for data management as well as advanced business intelligence out of the box. By offering a complete solution, we save customers time and money and allow them to focus on deriving the most value from their data assets.�
"With more than 450,000 downloads of SQL Server 2008�s Community Technology Previews (CTPs), over 75 large-scale applications already in production and over 1350 applications being developed by nearly 1000 ISV�s world-wide, we know this is a rock solid release." says David Rayner, Windows Server and Application Platform Business Group Lead for Microsoft New Zealand.
A number of enterprise customers from various industries are testing SQL Server 2008 including Clear Channel Communications Inc., Fidelity Investments, Hilton Hotels Corp., Simon & Schuster Inc., Siemens AG and Xerox Corp., among many others.
New Zealand's busiest website Trade Me has been working with SQL Server 2008 for some time now and Head of Database, Matt van Deventer, says the benefits of SQL Server 2008 are clear.
�The gains we�ve seen from the integration of full-text into the database engine enable us to consolidate our search platform onto fewer servers. SQL Server 2008�s increased performance, along with the reduction in licensing costs makes upgrading a no brainer,� says van Deventer.
�We saw a 35 percent improvement in throughput on the system that we upgraded to SQL Server 2008, with no code changes on our end,� said Gary Oberg, vice president of IT and development at Applied Discovery (a member of the LexisNexis group). �This translates straight to the bottom line for us, as the more documents we can upload, the more we can process.�
SQL Server is a key component of the Microsoft Application Platform, a suite of products and technologies designed to help customers build, run and manage dynamic business applications.
SQL Server 2008 is available in the following editions:
� SQL Server 2008 Enterprise. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise is a comprehensive data management and business intelligence platform that provides enterprise-class scalability, data warehousing, security, advanced analytics and reporting support for running business-critical applications. With this edition, it is possible to consolidate servers and perform large-scale online transactional processing.
� SQL Server 2008 Standard. SQL Server 2008 Standard is a complete data management and business intelligence platform that provides best-in-class ease of use and manageability for running departmental applications.
� SQL Server 2008 Workgroup. SQL Server 2008 Workgroup is a reliable data management and reporting platform that delivers secure, remote synchronization and management capabilities for running branch applications. This edition includes core database features and is easy to upgrade to the Standard or Enterprise edition.
� SQL Server 2008 Web. SQL Server 2008 Web is designed for highly available, Internet-facing Web-serving environments running on Windows Server. SQL Server 2008 Web provides the tools necessary to support low-cost, large-scale, highly available Web applications or hosting solutions for customers.
� SQL Server 2008 Developer. SQL Server 2008 Developer allows developers to build and test any type of application with SQL Server. This edition features all of the functionality of SQL Server Enterprise but is licensed only for development, test and demo use. Applications and databases developed on this edition can easily be upgraded to SQL Server 2008 Enterprise.
� SQL Server 2008 Express. SQL Server 2008 Express is a free edition of SQL Server that features core database functionality including all of the new SQL Server 2008 data types, in a small footprint. This edition is ideal for learning and building desktop and small server applications, and for redistribution by ISVs.
� SQL Server Compact 3.5. SQL Server Compact is a free embedded database designed for developers and is ideal for building stand-alone and occasionally connected applications for mobile devices, desktops and Web clients. SQL Server Compact runs on all Microsoft Windows platforms, including the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems, and on Pocket PC and smartphone devices.
SQL Server 2008 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers and will be available for evaluation download on 7th August 2008. SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server Compact editions are available for free download today.