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SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019

SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019


Paul Flessner - Microsoft Sr. VP of Server Applications

I promised there would be some news on SQL Server 2005, and it happened today.

Paul Flessner announced today some good news, and some GREAT news.

The good news:
Database Mirroring will not be included in the release coming November 7.

“Huh?!  Why is that good?”

It’s good because, while we’re running 100 internal apps on SQL 2005, and we have many many enterprise customers (30 or so) running their businesses on SQL Server 2005, we’ve found that it’s not quite where we’d like it to be.  So.. better safe than sorry… we’re holding off on making that feature available.  No fear, though.. it’s still coming.  Expect to see it sometime in the first half of 2006.

More good news:
SQL Express Manager is going away.

“Huh?  What’s good about that?”

Here’s the thing we’ve learned… or rather, what YOU have told us.  You want an experience managing your SQL Express database that matches or compares to what you’re doing using the SQL Server Management Studio.  Make the experience consistent.  Express Manager was NOT that experience.  So, the decision was made to create a scaled down version of the Management Studio for the management of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. 

“So, how will I manage my SQL Server 2005 Express databases without the Express Manager?”

A beta of the SQL Management Studio Express tool will be available for download when SQL Server 2005 Express Edition ships.  In the meantime, the full-blown SQL Server Management Studio will also manage SQL Server 2005 Express Edition databases. 

“Okay.. you said ‘Good news and GREAT news’.. what’s GREAT?”

This week, Winter Corporation released the results of a study they did of the Top Ten database platforms, and SQL Server came out quite well in the results.  In fact, SQL Server currently supports the recognized LARGEST data warehouse system in the world – a whopping 19.5 TB.  We also support three of the largest OLTP systems and two of the largest data warehouse systems across all platforms.

“So what?”

So it proves again that SQL Server is a platform that even the most demanding applications can trust to perform well. 

I think that’s pretty GREAT news!

Here is the link to the official statement from Paul…

SQL Server 2005 Update from Paul Flessner

Find out about the September Community Technology Preview for SQL Server 2005 and how 300,000 of you have already helped make SQL Server 2005 ready for launch.

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