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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 released to manufacturing

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, which was released to manufacturing this week, has PowerPivot for data management, Master Data Services for data consistency and other features.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of April 19-23, 2010.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 offers new data management features

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 was released to manufacturing this week. The database software has several new features for business intelligence (BI), scalability and platform integration.

Solutions providers will be able to use the new BI tool, PowerPivot, to import data and manipulate large datasets. PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel makes data analysis easier by combining private and public data sets.

Other new components in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 include Master Data Services, which is designed to help solutions providers achieve greater data consistency on heterogeneous systems, and StreamInsight, which manages event-stream processing.

The new Parallel Data Warehouse edition will offer customers the ability to expand their data warehouses, and the SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter edition is now able to support databases on systems with up to 256 logical processors.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available to customers in early May via Microsoft's distribution channels and partners. Microsoft expects to release SQL Server R2 Parallel Data Warehouse sometime in early summer.

Microsoft releases System Center Essentials 2010, Data Protection 2010

The Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 release wasn't the only major news from Redmond this week.

The company also released to manufacturing System Center Essentials 2010 and System Center Data Protection 2010.

With System Center Essentials 2010, solutions providers can manage their customers' virtual environments -- including monitoring and troubleshooting -- from a single console, and it has built-in Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 technology.

New features in System Center Data Protection 2010 include improved virtualization protection and application server recovery capabilities.

Novell and IBM partner on software appliance deployments

Under a new partnership with Novell Inc., IBM is running several of its software appliances on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Using Novell's SUSE Appliance Program, IBM will offer software appliances -- an application, middleware and operating system bundled on one image -- at a lower cost to small and medium-sized businesses and independent software vendors. Using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, solutions providers can now deploy IBM software appliances to physical, virtual and cloud environments.

IBM's new software appliances are built for IBM Lotus Foundations, IBM Lotus Protector for Mail Security, IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition, IBM Cognos Now and IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer.

New vWorkspace 7.1 integrates Remote Desktop Services

VWorkspace 7.1, a new release from Quest Software Inc., is a virtualization tool that assists solutions providers with application delivery and desktop deployment services.

VWorkspace 7.1 includes the EOP Xtream feature, which is designed to improve WAN performance and enhance Internet/VPN connections. The release also uses the Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Connection Broker to publish applications and desktops from different host platforms.

In concert with Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager, vWorkspace also provides rapid virtual desktop provisioning with Microsoft Hyper-V Server by rapidly cloning virtual hard disks.

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