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Unbreakable?

Oracle recently released their latest Critical Patch Update which fixes vulnerabilities “in hundreds of Oracle products”. From a database perspective: it fixes 17 database vulnerabilities, two of them that can be exploited remotely without authentication. There are vulnerabilities in many of their modules, from the core RDBMS to the options like Spatial and Auditing. Seeing...

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ISV’s & SQL Server 2008 Applications

Technologies such as SQL Server are only as successful as the applications that are built upon them.  Microsoft’s Metro Early Adoption Program provides a programmatic, consistent and predictable way for longstanding Microsoft ISV partners to engage on next-generation technologies, by providing pre-release developer training, support, and rationalization of that technologies’ role in the overall platform. ...

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Announcing SQL Server Data Services

Today Microsoft announced that MIX attendees will preview Microsoft SQL Server Data Services (SSDS), a Web-facing utility-based services designed for businesses and developers that need scalable, highly available, secure and easily programmable on-demand data storage with robust database query capabilities. SSDS offers virtually limitless, on-demand scalability. Customers use the service with minimal up-front infrastructure and...

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New SQL Server 2008 Case Studies

The momentum for SQL Server 2008 continues. Here are some of the latest case studies published: Russia’s Baltika Breweries Links its ERP Databases using SQL Server 2008 Replication Baltika Breweries, the largest producer of beer in Russia, has about 12,000 employees and 11 breweries. Its popular brands have been the market leader in Russia for...

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SQL Server 2008 Benchmarks

With the launch of SQL Server 2008 today (remember, RTM is still planned for a few months later in Q3 2008) we have just posted a number of record breaking results across industry (TPC-E, TPC-H) and ISV benchmarks. These are really amazing results and the team worked extremely hard to get these published by launch....

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SQL Server 2008 February CTP is here!

I’m pleased to announce that we just released the February CTP of SQL Server 2008. As we’ve talked about before, this is the feature complete CTP of SQL Server 2008 which includes all of the functionality planned for the release. You can download the CTP from: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/prodinfo/download.mspx   Here are some of the top features...

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Heroes Happens Here Online

We are now less than 30 days away from launch and our online activities are now heating up. Portrait Gallery Launched Last week, we launched the HHH Portrait Gallery, a Silverlight 1.0 application which allows everyone and anyone to upload stories about themselves – showing why they are IT Heroes, what technology they are using,...

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