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Microsoft Offers Details On 2005 SQL Server
Microsoft Prepared To Compete With Oracle And IBM

Microsoft provided details today on its upcoming SQL Server 2005 database.  Microsoft decided to release the information in order to prepare customers who buy software assurance licenses. A lot of customers are renewing their licenses in the next couple of months, Microsoft said.

Tom Rizzo, director of product management for SQL Server, said Microsoft has added a Workgroup edition for SQL Server 2000 and in the pending SQL Server 2005 line to sit between Microsoft's express and standard editions. "Small and medium businesses really want a low-cost, entry-level offering that was between an MSDE [Microsoft Desktop Engine] and Standard Edition," Rizzo said.

SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition will be available with the rest of the SQL Server 2005 suites this summer for the same price as the 2000 version. However, this product will have 3 GB of RAM, along with import/export, limited replication publishing and back-up log-shipping, which Rizzo said helps customers get a "warm standby server for disaster recovery."

SQL Server 2000 Workgroup Edition will support 2 CPUs and 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) for an unlimited database size. It will cost $3,899 per processor. The software will feature all of the management tools associated with SQL Server.

The free Express Edition replaces the Microsoft Desktop Engine and is equipped with 1 CPU and 1 GB RAM. The Standard Edition will include 4 CPUs, unlimited RAM, database mirroring and reporting server for $5,999 per processor, or $2,799 per server.

SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition will use advanced database mirroring to provide unlimited scale and partitioning. Microsoft will utilize reporting tools that it acquired from last year's acquisition of Active Views.

In order to compete with Oracle and IBM, Microsoft won't charge for multi-core architectures. Oracle and IBM charge per processor. Microsoft anticipates multi-core architectures will become more mainstream, effectively doubling the per-processor pricing of database products from Oracle and IBM.

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