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Get Ready for SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 is nearly here, and it's still 2008! Microsoft says the software will be released to manufacturing by the end of September, and then out to customers a short time later.

I poke fun, but on the server side Microsoft has been hitting its dates pretty dang well. Hyper-V was even early.

We took a look at the database tool, formerly code-named "Katmai" (which is a volcano in Alaska), and found SQL Server 2008 to have tighter integration with Visual Studio, and more ways to deal with alternative types of data, such as music and video clips.

We also took a peek at SQL Server 2008's admin features, finding that its new admin framework can have a big, positive impact on performance.

Posted by Doug Barney on July 15, 2008


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