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SQL Server 2008 R2 Information and New Site

Posted by denglishbi on May 12, 2009

With TechEd 2009 currently going on the announcements are starting to come.  We have Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 coming out later this year and hopefully in the next couple of months the CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2 (‘Kilimanjaro’ with ‘Gemini’ and ‘Madison’ – along with other features) – actually they stated that it will be available in H2 2009.  Microsoft has created a new site with more features coming (like being able to register to receive notifications when the CTP is available) – SQL Server 2008 R2 site.

If you check out the site you can see some of the new features coming with brief descriptions and nice screenshots (click on the screenshots to enlarge them).  Features like improved central management for your multi SQL Server environment, Master Data Services (MDS – not MDM – Master Data Management – leveraging the Stratature acquisition), self-service analysis with the Gemini add-in, enhanced data model capabilities for self-service ad-hoc reporting (I believe this is for the relational and not OLAP, so interested what will be made available for OLAP and Analysis Services), new mapping capabilities with reporting, and much more.  These are just a few of the items and a couple of screenshots here.  Check out the official site for more information.

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Gemini – high volume data analysis and ability to create data mash-ups to deploy to SharePoint (new data cleansing components available also that we are waiting to see – possibly brought in from Zoomix acquisition, but not sure if that is already going to be leveraged yet)

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Monitor Analysis Services through SharePoint Administration

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Mapping capabilities to be made available:)

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Ability to create and share components in SSRS with a library of items (apparently an ability made possible with the 90 Degree acquisition – Review by Chris Webb here Radius90 from 90 Degree Software)

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