Microsoft confirms May date for next SQL Server
Unisys slip pans out
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. ®