Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2000 Beta 2 to Customers
Next-Generation Database and Analysis Offering Helps Customers Build the Business Internet
REDMOND, Wash. -- April 24, 2000 - Microsoft Corp. today announced the worldwide availability of SQL Server™ 2000 beta release 2, giving customers the opportunity to start testing the next version of Microsoft's award-winning database. Having already established world-record performance and scalability, SQL Server 2000 is the complete database and analysis offering that enables customers to rapidly build the next generation of scalable e-commerce, line-of-business and data warehousing solutions.
Microsoft® SQL Server 2000 is fully Web-enabled with end-to-end support for Extensible Markup Language (XML) and a new, integrated data-mining engine, allowing customers to benefit from the efficiencies and opportunities offered by business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce. The Microsoft Windows® DNA platform, including SQL Server already leads in the business-to-business e-commerce industry with support from premier vendors such as Ariba Inc., Clarus Corp., Commerce One Inc., Concur Technologies Inc. and Intellisys Electric Commerce LLC, and with customers such as AirTouch Cellular, American Express Co., The Boeing Company, Dell Computer Corp., Healtheon/WebMD, Lucent Technologies Inc., MasterCard International Inc., Northern Telecom Ltd., Paccar Inc., Schlumberger Electronics Transactions, Siemens AG and Visa U.S.A. SQL Server 2000 will offer scalability and reliability for the largest Web and corporate applications through groundbreaking support for software scale-out, high-end hardware platforms and state-of-the-art networking and storage technologies. With the industry's most modern database architecture and deep integration with the Microsoft Windows DNA 2000 platform, SQL Server 2000 will offer the fastest time-to-market for building applications for the Business Internet, helping companies realize the possibilities of the digital economy.
"Microsoft Windows DNA 2000 is the most comprehensive integrated platform for building and deploying next-generation Web applications," said Paul Flessner, vice president, database and middleware development at Microsoft. "SQL Server 2000 will anchor this platform by delivering unequaled support for Web technologies, deeply integrating business intelligence features, and making software scale a reality for the most demanding e-commerce scenarios."
With 20 critical internal systems, including its worldwide sales data warehouse, already upgraded to SQL Server 2000, Microsoft expects over 200,000 customers to test the new version of its database. Those interested in ordering a copy of SQL Server 2000 beta 2 can visit the SQL Server Web site, at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/. Each subscriber to the Microsoft Developer Network, or MSDN™ -- a membership product delivering the latest programming tools, technologies and information to developers -- at the Professional or Universal level will automatically receive a copy of SQL Server 2000 beta 2.
"As part of Microsoft's Early Adopter Program, Turner Broadcasting has been working with SQL Server 2000 for several months and is very excited by its combination of scalability, sophisticated analysis features and Web functionality," said Matthew Drooker, vice president of systems development, Turner Broadcasting Sales Inc. "We look forward to going into production with SQL Server 2000 for some of our most mission-critical applications."
"Onyx is very excited about the value that SQL Server 2000 brings to our mutual customers," said Mary Reeder, vice president of research and development at Onyx Software. "The new features of SQL Server 2000 will enable Onyx Software to remain a leader in performance and scalability for enterprise CRM applications. In addition, the native XML support complements the Onyx e-Business Engine architecture and facilitates easy exchange of data between front-office and back-office systems. As an active participant in the beta program, we have seen firsthand Microsoft's commitment to building a quality product and a solid foundation for Onyx to deliver leading-edge solutions to customers."
Fully Web-Enabled for B2B E-Commerce
SQL Server 2000, in conjunction with the complete Windows DNA 2000 platform, will make it easier for corporations of any size to conduct business over the Web with customers and suppliers, and to integrate legacy systems with next-generation business solutions. Furthermore, SQL Server 2000 will help companies better understand customer behavior on the Web and quickly discover new business opportunities offered by a digital economy.
Highly Scalable and Reliable
With the most modern database architecture in the industry, SQL Server 2000 offers scalability and reliability for the most demanding Web and enterprise applications. As proof of this, SQL Server 2000 has achieved world-record performance for a number of industry benchmarks, including the Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C benchmark, eclipsing competing products running on any hardware or operating system. SQL Server 2000 has also established the performance record on the Windows platform for the SAP R/3 Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark.
While SQL Server 2000 is designed to take advantage of recent and future innovations in high-end SMP hardware platforms, SQL Server 2000 will also deliver an initial installment of Microsoft's vision for software scale-out, the ability to distribute database workload across a cluster of commodity servers. Rather than replacing old systems with bigger, more expensive ones, software scale-out achieves scalability increases simply by adding additional commodity servers to a database cluster.
Microsoft includes a broad set of technologies and tools as standard, integrated components of the database. Furthermore, through smart design and auto-tuning and auto-managing features, SQL Server 2000 will make it fast and easy for customers to reap the benefits of all these state-of-the-art Web and analysis technologies, and to gain competitive advantage through rapid delivery of applications.
Windows DNA 2000 and SQL Server
Microsoft Windows DNA is the most comprehensive, integrated platform for building and deploying applications for The Business Internet. The Windows 2000 operating system -- the core of Windows DNA -- includes built-in Internet services that enable developers to focus on adding value to their applications rather than building the underlying "plumbing." Other components include the Visual Studio® development system, SQL Server, the COM+ component and programming model, and other application services -- all best-of-breed products that make optimal use of the deepest developer talent pool in the industry.
Created by a world-class development team, Microsoft SQL Server is the leading database for the Windows platform and is the reliable, scalable database for rapidly building Web solutions with Windows DNA. SQL Server reduces the time required to bring e-commerce, business intelligence (data warehousing) and line-of-business applications to market while ensuring that these applications have the scalability needed for the most demanding environments.