TechEd 2009 – Next Week!

TechEd 2009 is less than a week away and we are excited about another event packed with opportunities to learn, network, and share ideas. Pre-show activities are already underway, with Webcasts live and on demand on TechNet and MSDN. Make sure you catch the last Webcast on May 13th on Mastering the Microsoft SQL Server… Read more

BizTalk Server 2009 Now Available!

Today BizTalk Server 2009 is available to MSDN customers. On May 1st it will be available to everyone in — Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish — on May 1.   We made substantial investments to enhance integration and connectivity to make it easier for customers to efficiently bring together data… Read more

SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition Receives Common Criteria Certification

We’d like to announce the Common Criteria (CC) certification of SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition (32 & 64 bit). SQL Server 2008 completed an IT security evaluation at the Basic Assurance Level (EAL1+) and was certified by BSI (Bundesamt fur Sicherheit in der Informationtechnik), the certifying agency of the German government. This certification is a third party… Read more

Upsize or Migrate to SQL Server Today

SQL Server 2008 has launched the new Migration Solution Center.  This site provides customers with prescriptive guidance and a clear process for executing successful migrations or upsizing your existing databases to SQL Server.  On this site, the freely downloadable SQL Server Migration Assistants (SSMAs) reduce the efforts required to move databases from Access, Oracle, and… Read more

Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 Available Today

Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 will be available today for customers. The Service pack is available via download here and is primarily a roll-up of cumulative updates 1 to 3, quick fix engineering updates and minor fixes made in response to requests reported through the SQL Server community. While there are no new features in… Read more

Microsoft Colleagues Win ACM Award

Technorati Tags: ACM,David DeWitt,Gamma Parallel Database Congratulations to David DeWitt, Bob Gerber, and their colleagues at University of Wisconsin, including Jeff Naughton, our partner at UW in the Gray Systems Lab, for receiving the prestigious 2008 ACM Software System Award for their work on the Gamma Parallel Database System. From the ACM award:  The Gamma… Read more

What’s Next for SQL Data Services…

At the Professional Developer Conference 2008 Microsoft kicked off a major wave of innovation with the announcement of the Azure Services Platform. A key piece of that technology wave is SQL Data Services (SDS). Over the last 4 months, SDS early adopters have been working with our REST service interface with its flexible entity based… Read more

CTP for Service Pack 1 of SQL Server 2008 Available

Today we are excited to announce the availability of our Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Service Pack 1 of SQL Server 2008. This scheduled servicing release addresses feedback received from many of you who have deployed SQL Server 2008 since our release back in August 2008.     We take every update to SQL Server very seriously… Read more

SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse announced at TDWI Conference

Today, February 23, 2009 Microsoft announced SQL Server® Fast Track Data Warehouse, a new set of Reference Architectures for SQL Server 2008 that enables customers to accelerate their Data Warehouse deployments and reduce cost.  In addition, customers can further jump start their Data Warehouse design with new industry solution templates provided by System Integrators –… Read more

Unisys Corporation sets TPC-H benchmark with SQL Server 2008

  Unisys Corporation and their latest enterprise server, the ES7000 Model 7600R, set a new record for price/performance in the Transaction Processing Council’s (TPC) TPC-H benchmark test running on Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. In the TPC-H Benchmark, the ES7000 Model 7600R reached an outstanding performance of 80,172.7 QphH@10,000GB and price/performance of $18.95… Read more