The years product highlights

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-12-19 Print this article Print

The Best: The Yukon announcement itself. Get ready for Microsofts jump into the realm of enterprise databases. Support for Transact-SQL, Visual Basic .Net and Visual C# .Net; support for XQuery and XML; and better tools-developing applications will be welcome enhancements. Add in better security, reliability and availability, and maybe soon well see a SQL Server iteration that manages to avoid getting laughed at by Oracle DBAs. Although that seems to be happening already—witness Microsofts first-ever placing in Winter Corp.s Top 10 Databases program, with Verizons SQL Server hitting sixth place in size for all environments at 5.3 terabytes and nabbing the top slot for transaction-processing databases on the Windows platform. The Best: 64-Bit Databases. Microsoft rolled out SQL Server 2000 for 64-bit at the Windows Server 2003 launch, with new TPC results ranking SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) with Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition as No. 1 in two benchmarks. Oracle also rolled out Oracle9i Database Release 2 on 32- and 64-bit Windows Server 2003. Obviously, with AMDs release of its 64-bit Opteron and Intels Itanium and Itanium 2 processors, buying big boxes that run fast chips got far more affordable this past year.
The Best: Oracle 10g. Oracles focus on grid computing, grid computings promise of lower costs through use of commodity hardware, plus the companys focus on Linux all promise to save enterprises money. Time will tell if the consulting services necessary to implement 10g will offset the hardware savings. But if 10gs automated features work as well as theyre doing now in beta, consulting shouldnt be a big money pit. Click here to read about Oracle 10g automation. Next page: Fun with RAC crashes and price wars.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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