July 26, 2012 News Thursday: Windows Azure Storage, SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2, and more Server and Tools news!

Windows Azure Storage – 4 Trillion Objects and CountingWindows Azure Storage has had an amazing year of growth. We have over 4 trillion objects stored, process an average of 270,000 requests per second, and reach peaks of 880,000 requests per second. About a year ago we hit the 1 trillion object mark. Then for the… Read more

Microsoft at Oracle OpenWorld this week

The SQL Server team traveled to San Francisco for the Oracle OpenWorld conference this week armed with a box of free “SQL Server 2008 for the Oracle DBA” DVDs. Why this particular swag? The team explains on their blog: “As SQL Server becomes more widespread in their organizations, and more accepted for mission-critical workloads, these DBAs… Read more

Download SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Today

Today we are excited to announce the availability of the first community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, with the CTP generally available on Wednesday, August 12th.   Building on the momentum of SQL Server 2008, “R2” improves IT efficiency by reducing the time and cost of… Read more

SQL Server 2008 SP1 Available Today

Today, Microsoft made available the  SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 via free download to current SQL Server 2008 customers. Microsoft recommends that customers currently running SQL Server 2008 should download SP1 via the SQL Server 2008 Web site to take advantage of these improvements.   With SQL Server SP1, Microsoft has made investments to ease deployment… Read more

Microsoft Partners With Cisco on New Unified Computing System

Today, Microsoft Corp. announced its support of Cisco’s Unified Computing System entrance into the server datacenter market as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Through this agreement, Cisco will pre-package, resell and support Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V technology and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. In addition, Microsoft is working closely with Cisco to… Read more

SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse makes data warehousing deployments faster, easier, and more affordable.

Microsoft today announced the availability of SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse.  Partners and customers using SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse benefit from the power of SQL Server 2008 combined with a variety of hardware configurations from partners Bull, Dell, and HP, making it fast, easy, and affordable to create an enterprise-class data warehouse…. Read more

Enterprise Customers Choose Microsoft Platform to Run SAP Apps

Today, Microsoft announced the recent certification of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 to fully support SAP NetWeaver 7.0 and the newly released SAP Business Suite 7. Microsoft remains committed to delivering world-class enterprise capabilities to help customers take advantage of the latest innovations through joint Microsoft and SAP development.    Customer’s realizing… Read more

SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack Released

A collection of 26 free stand-alone tools, components and frameworks has been released. This collection is designed to enhance using and developing for SQL Server 2008 as well as other versions of SQL Server. Some of the more notable new enhancements for SQL Server 2008 include: ·         Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0, which… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Is the Value Leader According to Latest Benchmarks

New TPC-E performance benchmark results from the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) rank Microsoft SQL Server 2008 No. 1 for price/performance on industry-leading hardware using Intel Corporation’s new Dunnington x64 processor, and on another TPC-E release, SQL Server 2008 is No. 1 for performance using the new IBM System x3950 M2 server. In China, OEM… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 RTM

Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing of Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the new version of the company’s acclaimed data management and business intelligence platform. This version of SQL Server provides powerful new capabilities such as support for policy-based management, auditing, large-scale data warehousing, geospatial data, and advanced reporting and analysis services. SQL Server… Read more