For me, a forum entry by SJ, requiring registration to view, on SQLServerCentral.com really nails the issue. Not only is it crucial to have a stable and secure SQL Server environment just for the sake of not going nuts with business continuity/high availability/data protection/what have you, its important for Microsoft to come out with a product that doesnt let the Oracle-inclined score any points. SJ writes: "I want and NEED a stable environment. With all the enhancements coming (database mirroring, .Net integration, the awesome workbench ... ) I am a bit worried about the stability of the product. Also, SECURITY should be a major concern! In my environment, I am constantly competing with another division that is set on Oracle. So far, I have been able to fend them off with several factors and features and being able to integrate with them. They have seen how stable our setup is, and that is helping. I dont want to lose any ground because the next version isnt stable and secure."
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