Microsoft is a late entrant in the AMD64 support realm. Oracle Corp., of Redwood Shores, Calif., already offers an AMD64-optimized Oracle Database for Linux, as well as a developers release of Oracle Database 10g for Windows. IBM officials in Armonk, N.Y., said IBM will offer developers later this year a technology preview of DB2 Universal Database for Windows Server 2003 for 64-Bit Extended Systems.Read what IBMs Janet Perna has to say about DB2s future in this eWEEK interview.Some SQL Server 2000 customers are lauding Microsoft for widening Yukons appeal for an increasingly cost-conscious database audience. "This actually helps us in the long run because Intel will have to play by free-market rules and start to become more competitively priced," said Don Watters, senior database administrator for The Walt Disney Internet Group, a business unit of The Walt Disney Co., based in Burbank, Calif. "Right now," Watters said, "the main cost of any server besides licenses is CPU. Actually, getting AMD in will be cheaper because AMD chip sets are [less expensive] than Intel [chip sets]." In addition to the 64-bit functionality, Yukon testers this week can begin to try out several other enhancements in SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 designed to bolster productivity, security and business intelligence. Among those new features is SQL Server Management Studio, previously called SQL Server Workbench, which combines Enterprise Manager, Query Analyzer and Analysis Manager into one integrated tool. Yukon Beta 2 will offer users the first widespread glimpse of the databases new encryption features, as well as tighter integration with Visual Studio 2005 and enhancements to Business Intelligence Development Studio for quicker deployment and debugging of business intelligence applications, said Rizzo. However, DTS (Data Transformation Services) and data management tool functions, including ETL (Extraction Transformation and Loading), in SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 will not support AMD64 or Extended Systems. That capability will exist in future versions of the database, said Rizzo. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at http://database.eweek.com for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.