SQL Server R2 RTM

SQL Server 2008 R2 officially RTM’d.

I’ve been working with the SQL CTP and SharePoint Beta, and the BI story is pretty incredible.  Here’s a quote that’s pretty accurrate (it’s not as easy as they make it sound, but the BI capabilities are still pretty impressive).

With the release of SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is introducing powerful new managed self-service BI capabilities, bridging the gap between IT professionals and end users by leveraging familiar tools such as Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. With the new BI technology named PowerPivot, end users can bring data from virtually anywhere and manipulate large datasets with ease while still enabling IT to monitor and manage user-generated BI solutions.

As soon as the code his MSDN, it’ll be time to rebuild the SharePoint 2010 SQL server.

TechNet blog found here:  http://bit.ly/SQL2008R2RTM  
Press Release found here: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/apr10/SQL08RTMPR.mspx

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