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SQL Server:
Past, Present, and Future
Dave Fackler
President, Atlanta.MDF
Director, Intellinet Corporation
Agenda
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The past: SQL Server 1.0, 4.2, 6.0, 6.5
The present: SQL Server 7.0, 2000
The future: The Yukon Wave
The Past
The Past: SQL Server 1.0
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Deal forged between Sybase and Microsoft
on March 27, 1987
SQL Server 1.0 released for OS/2 only
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SQL Server 1.1 added Windows 3.0 support
for the client tools only
Sybase maintained code-base while
Microsoft provided sales and support
The Past: SQL Server 4.2
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Released in 1992
Support added for Windows NT
Minor GUI tools
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Most administration, DBA work done via
command-line interface (isql)
Microsoft took over code-base, slowly
rewriting kernel functions to fix bugs
The Past: SQL Server 6.0
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Released in June 1995
Focused on replication and usability
Enterprise Manager introduced
Scrollable cursors
DBA “challenges”
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Modifying table designs
Referential integrity
The Past: SQL Server 6.5
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Released in April 1996
Row-level locking during INSERT
ANSI syntax additions
SQL Trace added
Backup of individual tables
Web Assistant Wizard
Still lots of “challenges”
The Present
The Present: SQL Server 7.0
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Development began in 1995
Beta 2 released in December 1997
Beta 3 released in June 1998
Full launch in November 1998
Complete rewrite of database engine,
query optimizer, management tools
The Present: SQL Server 7.0
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Server improvements and new features
Improved administration tools
Architecture enhancements
Server/development enhancements
Data Transformation Services
OLAP Services
The Present: SQL Server 2000
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Development began in 1999
Released in August 2000
Often referred to as SQL Server 7.5 or 8.0
Surpassed most industry expectations
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Benchmarks
Scalability/reliability
Feature use (DTS, Analysis Services)
The Present: SQL Server 2000
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Relational database enhancements
XML integration
Administration tools enhancements
Replication improvements
DTS improvements
Analysis Services improvements
Meta Data Services and English Query
The Future
(Tell us about Yukon!)
The Future: Yukon
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Storage server for all Microsoft Servers
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Support for .NET
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Is WSS dead?
Support for file-system functions
Common Language Runtime
XML support
Shared-nothing clustering
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