The SQLPASS Keynote on Day 1 of the Summit kicked off a slew of announcements which would ensure that Twitter received it’s fair share of activity for SQL Server. Look up the #sqlpass hashtag on Twitter to understand what I am saying. There are over 4,500 registrations from 49 countries for the streaming keynotes.
Among all the announcements, the one that created the maximum amount of buzz was the next major version of SQL Server, code-named Denali CTP1. As soon as Ted Kummert, Senior VP at Microsoft, made the announcement, a flurry of Tweets went out from the Tweeps attending the Keynote announcing to the world about Denali. SQL MVP Aaron Bertrand (Twitter | Blog) posted walkthrough for installing Denali on his blog. Read his narration of the Keynote session here.
The key features of Denali are:
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Other announcements include:
Microsoft codename Atlanta is a secure cloud service that proactively monitors your Microsoft SQL Server deployments. It helps you avoid configuration problems, reduce downtime, improve performance, and resolve issues faster. Atlanta agent can analyze both versions x86 and x64 versions of SQL Server 2008 and above. Now you get a vital insight into multiple known issues that you could plague your SQL Server installation without having to manually check for known issues. Atlanta will re-define pro-active monitoring for SQL Server instances.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (previously code named project “Madison”) is a highly scalable appliance that delivers performance at low cost through a massively parallel processing (MPP).
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Watch Rushab Mehta, SQL Pass President, and Ted Kummert, Senior VP at Microsoft, discuss SQL Server: