Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 to Manufacturing, IT Pros
Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 to manufacturing (RTM) and, as an evaluation edition, to subscribers of its Microsoft Development Network and TechNet services, the company announced today. Redmond is expected to open the software to general release by the end of September, according to earlier reports.
This version of SQL Server will offer wide swath of new capabilities, making it a formidable rival to Oracle's enterprise database offering.
One of the chief new features will be something called Policy-Based Management, which will allow administrators to set an organizational-wide configurations for all running instances of SQL Server, according to Microsoft Federal development consultant Jack Bradham.
SQL Server 2008 will also collect performance data of the database itself, through its Performance Data Collector (PDC). Administrators will also be able to allocate resources for each workload, through a new feature called the Resource Governor.
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