Yesterday Ted Kummert (who is the VP in charge of SQL Server for Microsoft) made a bunch of really key announcements about SQL Server 2008 at the keynote:
– There will be no price increase for SQL Server 2008
– Dell and Microsoft are working together on a Business Intelligence / Data Warehouse Reference Configuration set for “out of the box” BI configurations
– SQL Server won the world record for performance results on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application benchmark running on SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition 64-bit on 2-Processor HP ProLiant BL460c server blade and HP ProLiant DL380 G5 server configurations.
He also presented over 7 demos of our latest features, which is pretty neat for me. I stay so heads-down on our features, so it’s great to be able to see everything put together in one place.
But it wasn’t all about SQL Server 2008. There are 2300 folks here, and this time there are more than 130 tracks on everything from SQL Server 2005 to hardware and encryption. Jennifer Beckman and I presented yesterday, and I’m working with the SQL MVP’s today and also running a focus group for features that users want us to build.