Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Ready for RTM
Microsoft is releasing SQL Server 2008 to manufacturing after several delays. Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 will help Microsoft compete with Oracle and its 11g database, and IBM and its DB2 9.5 database. SQL Server 2008 will be generally available within two weeks.After delays and speculation, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is being released to manufacturing Aug. 6. Microsoft officials did not give a definitive general availability date, but a spokesperson said it is expected to be within two weeks. Pricing for SQL Server is expected to remain the same, which Microsoft officials have said will help the company compete with Oracle and IBM.
SQL Server 2008 contains a host of new functionality and enhancements, including transparent data encryption and policy-based management, which is aimed at helping database administrators manage multiple instances of SQL Server with common configurations and policies. Other capabilities include support for geospatial data, row and page data compression, and enhanced reporting and analysis features.