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This week marked the official Launch SQL 2008 R2 to Market. Its a very exciting Launch for the SQL family.

For me, having been part of our Metro program that helps get early adopters access to training, content & interaction with our product team means that I have been able to see many of our partners already start to take advantage of the great new features in SQL 2008 R2 already!

I can’t wait to start to showcase some great local stories as we kick off our local launch through the Australian SQL R2 : New Era of Data Management Events. (see dates here: http://blogs.msdn.com/ceibner/archive/2010/04/19/sql-2008-r2-australia-tour-new-era-of-data-management-and-business-intelligence.aspx – Dates for Adelaide & Perth coming soon!)

For me, some of the key features in SQL 2008 R2 are Power Pivot, Changes to Reporting Services, Stream Insight and Performance Point Services. I have to admit I am also a little excited about the size limit for SQL Express 2008 R2 being increased from 4GB to 10GB!

But these aren’t the only key parts of this latest release – as per our launch site, The key pillars of the R2 release include:

  • Powerful new business intelligence capabilities, supporting managed self-service BI for all users in an organization – giving them access to information through Microsoft Excel 2010 with PowerPivot and SharePoint 2010
  • Enterprise-class scalability with support for the most advanced hardware and features like Live Migration with Hyper-V, and greater IT efficiency through enhanced tools for DBAs and developers
  • The industry’s most complete and integrated platform spanning the datacenter to the cloud with SQL Azure

Exciting stuff!! :)

So where can you find out more?

  • Learn more about the release and download the detailed reviewer’s guide at the R2 Digital Tour.
  • download an evaluation copy today!
  • Download the R2 Developer Training Kit and start using it today!