Scalability and security will be improved, on the next SQL Server, Microsoft says

Scalability and security will be improved, on the next SQL Server, Microsoft says

By Michael Cheek

GCN Staff

The next version of the Microsoft SQL Server database server application will scale up and down significantly better, according to Barry Goffe, a SQL Server product manager.

The database server will run on Intel Corp.'s 64-bit Itanium processor, formerly code-named Merced. It will support four-server clustering and up to 64G of memory, Goffe said.

The next SQL Server does not yet have a release date, although it is expected to come several months after the recent release of Windows 2000, the successor operating system to Windows NT.

Code-named Shiloh, the next SQL Server version integrates with Win 2000's Active Directory services to provide granular security down to the row level in a database.

On the small side, Microsoft will have a scaled-down version for its Windows CE operating system on some handheld and palm computers.

Goffe said the WinCE version will be easy for developers because all SQL platforms have a unified programming model. Any written apps can be migrated to any Windows platform because they all use the 'same language, same database management tools, same replication and same infrastructure,'' he said.

In advance of Shiloh's arrival, users of SQL Server 7.0 who upgrade to Windows 2000 will see a slight performance boost, although Goffe declined to discuss specifics.

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