Microsoft: SQL Server 2016 Gets a June 1 Release Date
Microsoft has finally settled on a release date for SQL Server 2016, the Redmond, Wash., software giant announced May 2.
A year after Microsoft released the first public preview of SQL Server 2016, the database software will be generally available Wednesday, June 1—before summer arrives. Customers can select from four editions: Express, Standard, Enterprise and the free Developer Edition. The latter includes all the features found in SQL Server Enterprise but is meant for development and test deployments, not production workloads.
The official release, along with full enterprise support services from Microsoft, will allow customers "to build mission-critical, and business-critical intelligent applications with the most secure database, the highest performance data warehouse, end-to-end mobile BI [business intelligence] on any device, in-database advanced analytics, in-memory capabilities optimized for all workloads, and a consistent experience from on-premises to cloud," wrote Tiffany Wissner, senior director of Microsoft Data Platform Marketing, in a May 2 blog post.
While those are lofty claims, new benchmark data from one of Microsoft's major hardware partners suggests that Wissner's remarks are no idle boast.
The wait's nearly over. Microsoft's cloud- and analytics-friendly database software will be generally available next month.
Separately, Lenovo announced May 2 that it had set a new data warehouse performance record using a x3950 X6 server running Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Edition and Windows Server 2016 Standard. The server was outfitted with eight Intel Xeon E7-8890 v3 processors clocked at 2.5GHz and 12TB of system memory. The non-clustered system scored 1,056,164.7 queries per hour H (QphH) @30,000GB at $2.04/QphH @30,000GB on the TPC-H decision support benchmark that simulates a large number of ad hoc queries and concurrent data changes in business settings.