Lots of stuff to talk about in this release – better scalability, concurrent workload management, new data encryption, and new policy based management.
What has me excited?
The new Business Intelligence (BI) features:
“SQL Server 2008 BI—Is It for Your Organization?
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I see scalability and performance as the most significant areas of improvement in SQL Server 2008. Reports run faster, various queries can execute faster, and writebacks in SSAS are faster. A handful of brand-new capabilities, such as the Data Profiler in SSIS, may also make you think seriously about migration. Overall, SQL Server 2008 is an evolutionary upgrade which provides a better performing BI platform.”
The all new Report Designer:
And the spatial data capabilities:
Check it out now for yourself.