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Microsoft confirms May date for next SQL Server

Unisys slip pans out

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Microsoft has confirmed that the next version of SQL Server, which moves further into big-iron territory, will be available in May.

The company announced the May arrival of SQL Server 2008 R2 with a Tuesday blog post. Sometime during the month, the new version will be appear on the Microsoft's price list and become available to buyers.

Microsoft did not give a precise date, but in announcing the month, it confirmed our report from last December that said the new version would be ready for a May delivery.

The date slipped out when partner Unisys published a white paper highlighting the results of a 96-core Unisys ES7000 system running SQL Server 2008 R2 under tests from the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). A Microsoft blog then said the server would be available on May 6.

The TPC's rules require tested products be made available within 185 days of a benchmark's publication.

At the time, Microsoft said that it would push back the date from May 6 if more work is needed on SQL Server 2008 R2.

The next version of Microsoft's database will add support for high-scale applications with up to 256 logical processors and see appliances built featuring the software from hardware partners, including Unisys. ®

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