Microsoft Announces New Pricing, Packaging for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0; Provides Unprecedented Value in Comprehensive Database Solution

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 9, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced pricing and packaging for Microsoft® SQL Server
7.0, the company’s new database solution. The product, due to be launched at COMDEX/Fall ’98 on Nov. 16, sets the bar for the value customers should expect from their database technology. The unparalleled array of new features combined with incredibly compelling pricing delivers unprecedented cost of ownership to small and large businesses alike.

Microsoft also announced today a special promotional offer –
“$99 for 99 days”
– allowing customers using previous versions of SQL Server as well as customers using non-Microsoft relational database products to upgrade to SQL Server 7.0 for the low cost of $99 per user.

“We’ve dramatically increased the functionality, scalability and reliability of SQL Server 7.0 without changing pricing,”
said Rich Tong, vice president of marketing, applications and tools group at Microsoft.
“This breakthrough product delivers business advantage and improved decision-making to all levels of the organization.”

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 provides new features for building, managing and using mission-critical applications for line of business, business intelligence, commerce and mobile computing. Unlike competing products, Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 offers a rich range of support for these solutions, including OLAP Services, data transformation services, meta data repository, enterprise management tools, replication services and a desktop database, eliminating the need for add-on products or additional charges.

“The much-anticipated release of SQL Server 7.0 offers enterprise-class database technology with high customer value,”
said Mitch Kramer, director, business intelligence and data warehousing at Patricia Seybold Group.
“This product offers solutions for a broad range of customers and establishes Microsoft’s position as a leader in database software.”

SQL Server 7.0 Now Available for All 32-Bit Windows Platforms

Microsoft will simultaneously ship a scalable family of database servers designed to run on the Windows® 95, Windows 98, Windows NT® Workstation, Windows NT Server and Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition operating systems. SQL Server 7.0 and SQL Server 7.0 Enterprise Edition, along with SQL Server Desktop, are all built on the same code base and provide customers with transparent application scalability from a laptop to a SMP cluster.

  • SQL Server 7.0. The standard edition runs on Windows NT Server and is designed for workgroup and departmental applications. It includes full replication services, data transformation services, OLAP Services and the Meta Data Repository 2.0.

  • SQL Server 7.0 Enterprise Edition. The enterprise edition runs on Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition and is designed for large departmental and enterprise applications. It supports the Extended Memory Architecture (EMA), Terabyte databases, Cluster Services, partitioning for OLAP Services and SMP hardware platforms with more than four processors.

  • SQL Server 7.0 Desktop. SQL Server 7.0 Desktop runs on Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT Workstation. Optimized for a desktop or small workgroup, the desktop edition is 100 percent compatible with other SQL Server 7.0 versions and includes merge replication for mobile use. SQL Server Desktop is available with SQL Server 7 and SQL Server Enterprise Edition CD.

SQL Server 7.0 Pricing

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 is available in the following package configurations: five-user system, $1,399; 10-user system, $1,999; 25-user system, $3,999. A special promotion allows customers using previous versions of SQL Server as well as customers using non-Microsoft relational database products to upgrade to SQL Server 7.0 for $99 per user for 99 days following general product availability. SQL Server 7.0 Enterprise Edition is available in the following package configurations: 25-user system, $7,999; 50-user system, $10,999; and 250-user system, $28,999. SQL Server Desktop is available as part of SQL Server 7.0 and SQL Server 7.0 Enterprise Edition and is not available separately. Usage of the desktop edition requires a per-seat client access license.

Microsoft SQL Internet Connector, a special unlimited-user access license for Internet use, is $2,999 per processor. This cost-effective licensing option eliminates the need to count concurrent database connections or users, simplifying the deployment of Web-based solutions.

Microsoft SQL Server Is a Leading Database for Windows NT Server

Created by a world-class development team, Microsoft SQL Server is a leading
Windows NT Server-based database, bringing business advantage and improved decision-making to all levels of an organization through the power of data warehousing, industry solutions and integration with Microsoft Office.

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 enables independent software vendors and customers to build and deploy scalable database solutions for e-commerce, line of business, mobile computing and data warehousing. Microsoft SQL Server is also part of the Microsoft BackOffice® family, a

comprehensive, integrated suite of servers that makes it easy to build, manage and deploy powerful business solutions.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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