SQL Server 2008


SQL Server 2008 delivers a rich set of integrated services that enable you to do more with your data such as query, search, synchronize, report and analyze. It helps your organization manage any data, at any place and any time. You can Store data from structured, semi-structured, and unstructured documents, such as images and rich media, directly within the database. SQL Server 2008 provides the highest levels of security, reliability, and scalability for your vital applications. To utilize new opportunities in today's fast-moving business world, companies need the ability to create and deploy data-driven solutions quickly. SQL Server 2008 reduces time and cost of management and development of applications. Access data from across your enterprise and provide control over your data no matter where its stored. SQL Server 2008 provides a comprehensive platform that delivers intelligence where your users want it. Information workers can access data directly using the tools they use every day, such as the Microsoft Office 2007 system. SQL Server 2008 enables data to be consumed from custom applications developed using Microsoft .NET and Visual Studio and from within service-oriented architectures. The business processes is dealt through Microsoft BizTalk Server.

Few key Advantages:

> Activity Monitor
> [SQL Server] Audit
> Backup Compression
> Central Management Servers
> Data Collector and Management Data Warehouse
> Data Compression
> Policy-Based Management
> Predictable Performance and Concurrency
> Resource Governor
> Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)
> File stream Storage

> Sparse Columns
> New Date & Time Data Types
> Spatial Data Types
> Dependency Reporting
> Advanced Auditing Features
> Policy Based Administration
> TSQL Intelli-sense
> Central Management Servers
> Compound Operators
> Transparent Encryption


Transparent Data Encryption:
Enable encryption of an entire database, data files, or log files, without the need for application changes. Benefits of this include: Search encrypted data using both range and fuzzy searches, search secure data from unauthorized users.

Extensible Key Management Auditing:
Create and manage auditing via DDL. This enables organizations to answer common questions, such as, "What data was retrieved?"

Enhanced Database Mirroring Automatic Recovery of Data Pages:
SQL Server 2008 enables the principal and mirror machines to transparently recover from 823/824 types of data page errors by requesting a fresh copy of the suspect page from the mirroring partner transparently to end users and applications.

Log Stream Compression
Resource Governor
Predictable Query Performance
Data Compression
Hot Add CPU: Dynamically scale a database on demand by allowing CPU resources to be added to SQL Server 2008 on supported hardware platforms.

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