This year’s PASS Summit again surpassed the former year’s one. And this was not only because of even more sessions, internationally well-known speakers and even more attendees. This November, the next release of SQL Server was officially being introduced to the public, and the first CTP is ready for download for the broad public.
The improvements and features are enormous. Developers can look forward to a new Development Environment (Project Juneau), and new capabilities and performance using the new Filetable-Feature, as well as super fast response through the new Column-Based Query Accelerator technology.
Analysis Services will be receiving a new engine, based on the Vertipaq (known from PowerPivot), called BI Semantic Model for easier development for less complex BI Projects. (The UDM will stay as an alternative)
Here is a link to the Technet article on “Analysis Services – Roadmap for SQL Server “Denali” and Beyond”.
Integration Services ware becoming a true windows service for central execution and management.
Reporting Services users and developers can look forward to an web-integrated report designer together with interactive and dynamic charts. (Project Crescent)
Administrators gain new possibilities regarding security with customizable Server roles and database-only users. Database-only users are especially meant to support the new “Contained database”-Feature, which eases the deployment and movement of databases together with the depending objects from server scope.
(You can find a good high-level overview on the log-on process of database-only users at this msdn blog-post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlsecurity/archive/2010/12/08/contained-database-authentication-in-depth.aspx. And here is a great blog-post, going through different scenarios with this feaure: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/aaron_bertrand/archive/2010/11/16/sql-server-v-next-denali-contained-databases.aspx.)
High Availability will be eased by combining the log-shipping, database-mirroring and Clustering features under a new concept of “Always on” technologies, which can be used to form a so called “Availability Group”.
Steffen Krause from Microsoft Germany has some more info on the Denali release and also shows demos in his webcasts: http://blogs.technet.com/b/steffenk/archive/2010/11/15/sql-server-denali-ctp-1-verf-252-gbar-was-ist-neu.aspx
If you want to check out the CTP yourself, here is the link: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/product-info/future-editions.aspx
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