Here are some of the new and improved features (extracted from David Campbell’s presentation) that will be available in SQL 2008:

-      Transparent data encryption

-      External key management

-      Data auditing

-      Pluggable CPU

-      Transparent failover for data mirroring

-      Declarative management framework

-      Server group management

-      Streamlined installation

-      Enterprise system management

-      Performance data collection

-      System analysis

-      Data compression

-      Query optimization modes

-      Resource governor

-      Entity data model

-      LINQ

-      Visual entity designer

-      Entity aware adapters

-      SQL Server change tracking

-      Synchronized programming model

-      Visual studio support

-      SQL Server conflict detection

-      FILESTREAM data type

-      Integrated full text search

-      Sparse columns

-      Large (> 1 page) user defined types

-      Data/time data type

-      LOCATION data type

-      SPACIAL data type

-      Virtual Earth integration

-      Partitioned table parallelism

-      Query optimizations

-      Persistent lookups

-      Change data capture

-      Backup compression

-      MERGE SQL statement

-      Data profiling

-      Star join

-      Enterprise reporting engine

-      Internet report deployment

-      Block computations

-      Scale out analysis

-      BI platform management

-      Export to Word and Excel

-      Author reports in Word and Excel

-      Report Builder enhancements

-      TABLIX

-      Rich formatted data

-      Personalized perspectives

-      … and many more

 

 

You can hear David’s webcast, and learning more about what those feature actually bring, visit http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032341072%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

 

or search by event id 1032341072 at http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/AdvancedSearch.aspx?culture=en-US

 

 

If you’re short on time, you may choose to skip the first 18 minutes containing introduction, a bit of data processing history and the new scenario-based rather than feature-based product development.

 

Here are some main time points:

 

00:00 – 18:00

Intro, history

18:00 – 23:30

New & improved features related to the secure, trusted platform, policy-based management, and optimized and predictable performance scenarios

23:30 – 28:15

Demo of declarative management

28:15 – 40:40

Features related to entity based development, storing content of any type, and SQL Server support for location-aware data

40:40 - 46:30

Demo of application & SQL Server integration with Virtual Earth

46:30 – 54:25

Data-warehouse and BI related features

54:25 – 58:20

Demo that did not work, but restarted at 59:05

59:05 – 1:05:00

Demo on how Dundas charts (will be part of SQL 2008) could improve your SSRS reports

 

 

In case you did not attend TechEd 2007, many presentations from that conference are now available as webcasts on http://www.microsoft.com/events/default.mspx.