Microsoft SQL Server 2000 RDBMS supports as many as 32 processors and 64G of RAM

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 RDBMS supports as many as 32 processors and 64G of RAM

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

Microsoft Corp. has released a second public beta version of its SQL Server 2000 relational database management system.

The final product, scheduled for midsummer shipping, builds in searchability via the Web's Extensible Markup Language and has an integrated data mining engine, said Barry Goffe, Microsoft's lead product manager for SQL Server.

A beta version of SQL Server 2000 for handheld computers running Windows CE was scheduled to come out June 30. The Win CE version is slated for final release in the fall.

Keep it secure

Goffe called the new versions 'a Web-enabled, end-to-end database platform.' XML integration will permit secure transmission of database queries over the Internet, Goffe said.

SQL Server 2000's integrated data mining engine can handle data from other relational databases and online analytical processing tools, Goffe said.

The engine has classification and prediction algorithms.

The enterprise edition of SQL Server 2000 will show distributed, partitioned views, Microsoft group product manager Marie Huwe said. Administrators can parcel out work across multiple servers in a way that's transparent to database users, she said.

Although past editions of the database manager have had hardware limitations, Microsoft engineers said SQL Server 2000 can support up to 32 processors and 64G of RAM.

Besides Windows 2000, SQL Server 2000 also runs under Windows NT 4.0, Goffe said, and the desktop edition runs under Windows 98.

Members of the Microsoft Developer Network can download the second beta version from the Web or obtain it on CD-ROM for a small charge, Goffe said.

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