Direct from the PASS Summit

I've made the trek across the bridge to downtown Seattle to the 2008 Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Community Summit.  For the next three days nearly 3,000 attendees will have their brains filled with the most up-to-date and comprehensive SQL Server content available.  If you couldn't make it here in-person, it's okay.  I'm here covering all the major announcements.  This morning... A KILLER interview and demo straight from this mornings keynote.  This just in... a special offer for you loyal Edge viewers has been added to the end of this post.
Dan Jones Program Manager in the Manageability team sat down with me and showed me a very powerful new set of centralized management technologies coming with the future release code named "Kilimanjaro" due in the first half of 2010. 

There are three key ways this technology can be used:

1.       Centralized management: Immediately discover and manage existing investments by placing instances and data-tier application components under central management. DBAs can begin to centrally set policies for those instances placed under management.

2.       Seamless Collaboration:  A new application model enables developers to define deployment and capacity policies for their application and bundle these with the database schema as a deployable package.  This deployable package helps ensure information doesn’t get lost in translation from developer to DBA, reducing time-consuming deployment trial and errors for DBAs.

3.       Manage Efficiently at Scale: Using Policy-Based Management, DBAs can manage applications and instances by policy. Centrally managing applications and instances by policy and dashboard viewpoints for greater insights into resource utilization will help organizations optimize their hardware investments and manage more efficiently at scale.

Head on over to EDGE to see this great video as well as get a special invitation to check out a private CTP for this new technology.

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