Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008

Microsoft released SQL Server 2008 yesterday evening.  This is a big release for MS.  SQL is used in just about everything they release and it’s a focal point for Windows application developers. 

There’s lots of new features which MS has categorised.  I won’t go into them all here.  However, there are some key additions worth looking at.  Modern business and the need for regulators has required MS to add new compliance and security features:

  • Encryption of databases, data files and log files.
  • Extensible key management for 3rd party solutions.
  • Auditing of data usage

If you’re in finance, medical, pharmaceutical, SOX, etc, then you’ll want to look at these features.

Anyone using SQL for a MS application such as Configuration Manager 2007 should wait for official support of those applications.  MS will have to certify the product pairing and may need to release patches for support.

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