Today, as the old saying goes, is a red-letter day, with the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008.
Our team has been heads down, working to ensure SQL Server 2008 is delivered to you with great performance and scalability. You’ll see signs of this in the new SQL Server February 2008 Community Technology Preview, which includes great new performance features in the engine, SSRS, SSAS, and SSIS, as well as just thumping good performance.
But don’t take my word for it: ask NEC, IBM, SAP, HP, and Unisys. Today, our partners are delivering proof this is the best release yet of SQL Server!
Here’s a quick round-up of the industry standard benchmark results our partners published today, Feb 27, 2008, using Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Details of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) results can be found on www.tpc.org. More information on the SAP SD result is available on SAP’s web site.
Industry standard benchmarks are great, but unfortunately they don’t yet cover all usage scenarios customers care about. ETL is a key part of any production DW workflow, and we’ve been paying special attention to the performance of SQL Server Integration Services, our ETL tool included with SQL Server. With improvements to the core SSIS processing engine in SQL Server 2008, and improvements in 64-bit connectivity, we decided to take SSIS out for a spin, to show what it could really do. Along the way, we and Unisys set a new world record for loading over 1 TB of data in under 30 minutes, beating a previous result posted by Informatica. Check out Len Wyatt’s more detailed blog post on this. We’d sure love to see the industry come together to create a standardized ETL benchmark workload.
Lastly, some leading ISVs put SQL Server 2008 through its paces, and were very pleased with the result:
Look for even more performance gains in the final SQL Server CTP, before we ship this summer!