A first look at Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
At TechEd North American 2009, Microsoft announced that its next release of SQL Server - codenamed Kilimanjaro - will now be dubbed SQL Server 2008 R2.
Although IT professionals and the general public are used to seeing R2 at the end of Microsoft product releases, many of them still want clarification on what it means for SQL Server.
Typically, Microsoft follows a cycle of alternating between major and minor releases of its products. Therefore, major product releases, like SQL Server, Windows and Exchange Server, usually don't undergo major changes for at least four years. Minor updates however, like with the R2 product line, are usually introduced every two years or so.
Read the following article I wrote for an overview of the benefits, new features and improvements to expect with SQL Server 2008 R2. A first look at Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
Ross Mistry, SQL Server MVP
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Ross Mistry, SQL Server MVP, MCTS, MCDBA, MCSE, is a principal consultant and partner with Convergent Computing. As a lead architect, Ross focuses on designing and implementing SQL Server, Windows Server, Active Directory, and Exchange solutions for Fortune 500 organizations with a global presence. His specialties include high availability, migrations, security, consolidation and virtualization. Ross has also been involved with many bestselling books, his latest titles authored include SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration and Windows Server 2008 Unleashed. As a SQL Server MVP, Ross assists the global community by freely sharing his knowledge of SQL Server via posting for newsgroups, blogs and speaking engagements around the world. He frequently speaks at Microsoft, SQL Server North American PASS, SQL Server Europe PASS and Dev Connections.
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