SQL Server 2008 Benchmarks

With the launch of SQL Server 2008 today (remember, RTM is still planned for a few months later in Q3 2008) we have just posted a number of record breaking results across industry (TPC-E, TPC-H) and ISV benchmarks. These are really amazing results and the team worked extremely hard to get these published by launch…. Read more

SQL Server 2008 Launch – 8:00am PST 2/26/2008

Its 8:00am PST 2/26/2008, we are less than 24 hours from the SQL Server 2008 launch. Its going to be the culmination of efforts of several hundred people across Microsoft to make this a reality. Keep in mind that LA is just the kick off of a global series of events – over 220 with… Read more

SQL Server 2008 February CTP is here!

I’m pleased to announce that we just released the February CTP of SQL Server 2008. As we’ve talked about before, this is the feature complete CTP of SQL Server 2008 which includes all of the functionality planned for the release. You can download the CTP from: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/prodinfo/download.mspx   Here are some of the top features… Read more

Heroes Happens Here Online

We are now less than 30 days away from launch and our online activities are now heating up. Portrait Gallery Launched Last week, we launched the HHH Portrait Gallery, a Silverlight 1.0 application which allows everyone and anyone to upload stories about themselves – showing why they are IT Heroes, what technology they are using,… Read more

Cool Launch Comic Series

Microsoft and Seagate have partnered with Jordan Gorfinkel, former editor of DC comics, to tell the story of our customers and partners, the unsung heroes of the technology world.  We are taking an “outside-in” approach where many of the stories and scenes come from people in the trenches.  The HHH Comic Series launches today at… Read more

SQL Server 2008 case studies

As we get closer to launch, I wanted to spend a moment to highlight some recently published case studies for SQL Server 2008. Its great to see the excellent work that our customers and partners are doing on our upcoming release. Healthcare Group Upgrading to SQL Server 2008 to Better Protect 2 Terabytes of Data… Read more

SQL Server 2008 and Launch

We often get questions about our upcoming Launch event in Los Angeles on Feb. 27th, and when SQL Server 2008 will actually ship. The two events are loosely connected but they are not the same. The Launch event in Los Angeles is actually a marketing event designed to tell the world about SQL Server 2008,… Read more

Get a competitive edge today: SQL Server 2008 Webcasts

SQL Server marketing has gone all out these past 12 months creating rich, in-depth learning materials for SQL Server 2008. Experience this content first hand and get a jump in the marketplace today by viewing 28 webcasts on SQL Server 2008 and data platform technologies here.   We have 2 exciting new MSDN webcasts being… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Roadmap Clarification

The past few months have been an amazing time for the SQL Server team as we gear up for the start of the global launch wave on February 27. The response to SQL Server 2008 has been overwhelmingly positive  – in fact, we now have more 100,000 downloads of our CTPs. What is catching users’… Read more

Looking Back – Top 10 highlights of 2007

Well, it’s that time of the year when we look back at the past year and compile our top highlights of the year. Everyone loves a good Top 10 list so here’s mine (in no particular order):  SQL Server 2008 announcement: We unveiled details on the upcoming version of SQL Server at the BI Conference…. Read more