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SQL Server 2008 RTM Has Arrived

by Abel Avram on Aug 07, 2008 |

After more than a year from its first CTP, SQL Server 2008 has finally been sent to manufacturing yesterday, August 6th, according to a Microsoft Press Release. The server was initially planned to be launched on February 27th, and it comes out almost 6 months later, but it is still in the 2-3 years timeframe, the goal set by Microsoft, from the launch of the previous SQL Server 2005.

Microsoft describes the server shortly as:

This version of SQL Server provides powerful new capabilities such as support for policy-based management, auditing, large-scale data warehousing, geospatial data, and advanced reporting and analysis services. SQL Server 2008 provides the trusted, productive and intelligent platform necessary for business-critical applications.

SQL Server 2008 comes in the following editions:

  • SQL Server 2008 Enterprise. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise is a comprehensive data management and business intelligence platform that provides enterprise-class scalability, data warehousing, security, advanced analytics and reporting support for running business-critical applications. With this edition, it is possible to consolidate servers and perform large-scale online transactional processing.
  • SQL Server 2008 Standard. SQL Server 2008 Standard is a complete data management and business intelligence platform that provides best-in-class ease of use and manageability for running departmental applications.
  • SQL Server 2008 Workgroup. SQL Server 2008 Workgroup is a reliable data management and reporting platform that delivers secure, remote synchronization and management capabilities for running branch applications. This edition includes core database features and is easy to upgrade to the Standard or Enterprise edition.
  • SQL Server 2008 Web. SQL Server 2008 Web is designed for highly available, Internet-facing Web-serving environments running on Windows Server. SQL Server 2008 Web provides the tools necessary to support low-cost, large-scale, highly available Web applications or hosting solutions for customers.
  • SQL Server 2008 Developer. SQL Server 2008 Developer allows developers to build and test any type of application with SQL Server. This edition features all of the functionality of SQL Server Enterprise but is licensed only for development, test and demo use. Applications and databases developed on this edition can easily be upgraded to SQL Server 2008 Enterprise.
  • SQL Server 2008 Express. SQL Server 2008 Express is a free edition of SQL Server that features core database functionality including all of the new SQL Server 2008 data types, in a small footprint. This edition is ideal for learning and building desktop and small server applications, and for redistribution by ISVs.
  • SQL Server Compact 3.5. SQL Server Compact is a free embedded database designed for developers and is ideal for building stand-alone and occasionally connected applications for mobile devices, desktops and Web clients. SQL Server Compact runs on all Microsoft Windows platforms, including the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems, and on Pocket PC and smartphone devices.

SQL Server 2008 is available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and will be made available for evaluation today, while  SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server Compact editions are available for free download. Microsoft sticks to its promise to maintain the prices for SQL Server 2008 the same as for the previous version.

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Interesting little bits... by Francois Ward

Trying to install this thing pops the .NET Framework 3.5 RTM as a prerequisite...and it downloads it and installs it on its own... so .NET 3.5 SP1 is "unofficially" RTM now...



Furthermore, if you have Visual Studio 2008, this thing will NOT install (not even stripped down to the bone), without VS2008 SP1 (I -think- you need RTM, not sure if it works with Beta). Looking around a bit, seems like it semi-official that VS2008 SP1 will be released monday.



I don't know if it was previously announced anywhere... but now I can't wait for monday :)

Re: Interesting little bits... by Al Tenhundfeld

That's good to know. Now I won't bother to try installing until Monday.


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