Keeping Pace with Oracle,
IBM"> At this point, the sooner it gets out, the better. It will behoove Microsoft to keep customers and ISVs happy, OGrady said. "From a platform perspective, I think the growth of SQL Server has slowed a bit," he said. "Its incumbent on Microsoft to get this to market sooner rather than later. Folks are keen for it, and database vendor competitors such as IBM and Oracle [Corp.] are continuing to innovate on the platform and win new customers." Click here to read about Yukons integration issues and its earlier delay.Indeed, Microsoft is late to the game when it comes to self-healing, autonomic databases such as those coming from its competitors. The Yukon release is therefore a competitive must to raise the bar for SQL Server, according to Noel Yuhanna, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc., in Santa Clara, Calif."The key focus for SQL Server is on performance, scalability and security, besides the integration with development tools," he said. "Thats where Yukon will obviously raise the bar for high-end performance for SQL Server. "Today, there are limitations for SQL Server to go beyond a certain threshold in terms of scalability and performance, especially [for those companies] running a terabyte-sized database with SQL Server. Yukon will raise the bar in that category, coming very close to what Oracle and IBM are offering." And in the end, whenever Yukon is released, SQL Server still will hold sway in terms of winning the cost wars, Yuhanna said. "The real advantage is price/performance," he said. "SQL Server has an advantage, being a lower-cost [database management system]. If they can offer good security and scalability, [Microsoft] definitely will retain customers, especially in the high-end environments, as well as to help other customers looking for low-cost, to migrate." Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at http://database.eweek.com for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.