sql r2Today from PASS Summit 2010, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the next generation of SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server code-named “Denali” and released the first Community Technology Preview (CTP1).

Architected to help customers leverage data to meet evolving business needs, Microsoft SQL Server code-named “Denali” will feature:

  • SQL Server AlwaysOn, an integrated, high-availability solution that reduces downtime.
  • Project code-named “Crescent,” a new Web-based data visualization and reporting tool that extends PowerPivot.
  • New capabilities for strengthened data management and integration.

The CTP1 for Microsoft SQL Server code-named “Denali” is available at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver.

To download and give feedback, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/product-info/future-editions.aspx

Other Announcements at PASS

Also new today, Microsoft announced the following:

Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) program for SQL Server. Microsoft will now offer an updated MCM program for SQL Server experts. The revised program, while maintaining a high-impact training program, also allows SQL Server experts to achieve MCM certification with more flexibility and at a lower cost compared with the previous program. The program will also increase the visibility of MCMs and reinforces their value in the market. More information is at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2010/nov10/11-09SQLServerMCM.mspx.

Cloud servicing. Customers today can sign up for Microsoft code-named “Atlanta,” a new cloud service for overseeing SQL Server configuration to ensure best operational practices. The secure cloud service can help IT proactively avoid configuration problems and rapidly resolve identified issues through step-by-step guidance. Sign-up for the service is available at http://www.microsoftatlanta.com.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse is now available. It is pre-architected to deliver simplicity for organizations’ most mission-critical data warehouse needs. See

Microsoft Critical Advantage Program (MCAP) provides appliance customers with an end-to-end suite of pretested hardware and software configurations, services and support, all designed to make customers’ business more efficient, cost-effective, risk-resistant and competitive.

About PASS Summit

To learn more about PASS, please click here and to join the conversation on Twitter, use the #sqlpass and #denali hashtags. To view the event press release, please click here, and to visit the SQL Server PressPass site, please click here.

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Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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