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Kilimanjaro Becomes SQL Server 2008 R2

Posted by workerthread on May 22, 2009

News in the past week of plans for the next version of SQL Server.  This previously had the code name Kilimanjaro, but now becomes SQL Server 2008 R2.  I’m not really sure I understand the Microsoft’s logic behind product naming.  As far as I can see SQL Server 2008 R2 will be released in H1 2010 – at around the same time that we will start to see other new products such as SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 2010…

Anyhoo, you can take a look at some of the new features and services on this SQL Server R2 page, and you can also sign up for notification when it gets to Community Technology Preview stage.  I’ve also heard that this release of SQL Server will, like other future server products, be 64-bit only.  As well as some interesting screenshots the page has a clever “silent movie” style video:

It does look like R2 will get some nice new Business Intelligence and reporting features.  One of these is currently known as “Project Gemini”,  which uses in-memory database technology and column-oriented processing techniques.  This can be combined with a forthcoming Excel 2010 add-in to provide a much improved ad-hoc data analysis tool.  Excel 2007 is pretty good at this at the moment, but not as good as it should be, and certainly not as good as some of the desktop analysis tools from ProClarity.

We don’t have all the details on Project Gemini at the moment, but here’s a video of a demo by Donald Farmer from Microsoft showing how it will work with Excel (with 20 million rows of data!):

And here’s another one showing how you might publish your analysis out to a SharePoint site:

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