Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available by May 2010. Its CTP (Community Technology Preview) version was already available from August 2009. It is still available for download.
This new release offers many benefits over the previous versions. Also, the pricing has not been revealed thus far.
- Master Data Services: This technology deals with the secure and direct management of master data, ensuring its integrity.
- StreamInsight Technology: This technology deals with complex high-scale event processing.
This technology has helped the IT departments of many prominent industries to effectively manage and monitor information centrally. Some of the major highlights of this technology are as follows: the central management of information, including databases; and support for virtualization and Live Migration. It also supports the effective deployment and development of applications.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)