Microsoft Project Codename "Velocity" and Sync Framework News

Members of the SQL Server Data Programmability team were at TechEd Developers this week announcing news around the Microsoft Sync Framework and what we are calling Project “Velocity”.  Velocity is a distributed in-memory application cache platform for developing scalable, high-performance applications. Velocity can be used to cache any type of data that is accessed frequently… Read more

Understanding the new approach to Service Packs

As we’ve previously written about on this blog, we will be releasing Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005 in CY2008 following the release to manufacturing of SQL Server 2008. We’ve gotten some questions about the differences between Service Packs, Cumulative Updates and Hotfixes. The following blog entry from the SQL Server Release Services team… Read more

David DeWitt joins the SQL Server team

I’m happy to report that Dr. David DeWitt, one of the top minds in the database field, has joined Microsoft as a Technical Fellow. David is tasked with starting up a new advanced development lab in partnership with the University of Wisconsin- Madison – the Jim Gray Systems Lab. The naming of the lab is… Read more

SQL Server 2005 – Cumulative Update 7 released

This Cumulative Update 7 contains hotfixes for SQL Server 2005 issues that have been fixed since the release of Service Pack 2. Learn more: SQL Server Release Services blog:… Read more

SQL Server 2005 SP3 – coming soon

Over the last year we have successfully established the Incremental Servicing Model (ISM), which has to date delivered 7 cumulative updates (CU) to our customers, in regular 8 week intervals. We’ve heard feedback from customers of the need for a third service pack for SQL Server 2005. I’m happy to inform you that we will… Read more

Files, BLOBs, NTFS and SQL Server 2008 – Age old database dilemma solved!

One of the most exciting new features in SQL Server 2008 is the ability to store files and BLOBs directly in the file system, while maintaining transactional consistency with a SQL Server 2008 database. SQL Server 2008’s new FILESTREAM attribute for VARBINARY data type solves the age old dilemma facing developers and IT Pros: Is… Read more


Oracle recently released their latest Critical Patch Update which fixes vulnerabilities “in hundreds of Oracle products”. From a database perspective: it fixes 17 database vulnerabilities, two of them that can be exploited remotely without authentication. There are vulnerabilities in many of their modules, from the core RDBMS to the options like Spatial and Auditing. Seeing… Read more

India Launch events

I just got back from a 2 week trip to India, taking part in their local launch events. We reached over 1500 people at over 3 launch events,  in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. V. Somasegar – the Senior VP from the Visual Studio team was the keynote speaker. This was the first launch to have… Read more

Sync up with the new Microsoft® Sync Framework CTP2

The Microsoft Sync Framework continues to evolve as the latest CTP2 bits were released last week. This latest build reflects the final API changes that will be used for RTM. The team has done an excellent job with respect to the framework’s original design and implementation as is demonstrated by the fine tuning nature of… Read more

Accelerate mobile development with SQL Server Compact 3.5

Exciting news for developers looking to build SQL Server based applications that target mobile devices — the new Microsoft® Windows Mobile Line of Business Solution Accelerator 2008 has been released and is now available for download from here! This new accelerator consists of a working Supply Chain application, over 5,000 lines of well documented source… Read more