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At TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, Microsoft today announced new innovations from the SQL Server team. The next release, SQL Server 2008 R2 (formerly SQL Server ‘Kilimanjaro’), will include a new feature: Master Data Services (MDS). In addition to SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is talking about a new technology for low latency complex event processing. The first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available in the second half of 2009 and we are on track to ship SQL Server 2008 R2 in the first half of calendar year 2010.

With its strong focus on business intelligence technologies (BI), SQL Server 2008 R2 will continue to offer enterprise customers exceptional value through more pervasive insight into their data. SQL Server 2008 R2 will provide new capabilities to empower end users to make better decisions through self-service BI, which translates to increased productivity and lower costs. SQL Server 2008 R2 will also include:

  • Master Data Services that provides information workers with a single authoritative data source to ensure the integrity of the data they use to make critical business decisions.
  • Application and Multi-Server Management that reduces the complexity of developing, deploying, and managing applications across multiple instances of SQL Server; a new central management point helps scale database management and identify consolidation opportunities.
  • Support for greater than 64 logical processors that provides customers with greater choice for delivering high performance and scalability and enables customers to take advantage of multi-core technologies.

Also announced at TechEd and planned for release in 2010 is new technology for low latency complex event processing, which offers customers and partners faster time to solution and equal or better performance than competitive alternatives to gain insight from streaming information.

For additional information, please visit the SQL Server Virtual Press Room here.