Yukon Delayed by Integration Issues

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-09 Print this article Print

Microsoft Corp., citing customer feedback, has delayed the release of the next version of SQL Server, code-named Yukon, until it can be integrated with Visual Studio .Net.

Microsoft Corp., citing customer feedback, has delayed the release of the next version of SQL Server, code-named Yukon, until it can be integrated with Visual Studio .Net.

Yukon was originally slated for release next spring, but it is now expected to be released to manufacturing in the second half of next year, said officials of the Redmond, Wash., company, speaking from the Tech Ed conference here. A beta will be released this summer, they said. Stan Sorensen, Microsofts director of SQL Server product management, said the product delay is about quality. "The feedback that we have gotten from customers is that they expect a rock-solid release," Sorensen said.

Because Yukon will be tightly integrated with the next version of Visual Studio .Net, code-named Whidbey, the Visual Studio team believed it needed more time. "If [Yukon is] not ready at the end of 2004, well ship it when it is ready," said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of Microsofts Server Platform Division.

To ensure that Yukon protects customer data, Microsoft is moving its own internal SQL Server 2000 deployments onto the new database platform. Yukon wont be released until internal operations are up to snuff, said Tom Rizzo, group product manager for SQL Server. Microsoft is taking pains to ensure quality because Yukon is a "big, big release," Rizzo said—one that will include a host of new features in three key areas: enterprise capabilities, such as scalability, availability, reliability, security and manageability; programming interoperability, including integration of .Net technologies into Yukon and .Net enhancements to ensure those development platforms work seamlessly with the database; and business intelligence enhancements that will quadruple the amount of data mining capabilities in SQL Server 2000.

"I am not entirely surprised at the Yukon delay, and I actually welcome it," said Daniel Mross, a database administrator at FreeMarkets Inc., in Pittsburgh. "Remember Windows 95? NT 4.0? I would rather that the product undergoes extensive testing than to release it to market just because of a promised date."

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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