Microsoft SQL Server Turns 10

SEATTLE, Nov. 20, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the 10th anniversary of Microsoft® SQL Server (TM) on Windows®
at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Community Summit — Seattle, the largest user event exclusively dedicated to SQL Server. In the opening keynote address, Gordon Mangione, corporate vice president for SQL Server at Microsoft, highlighted past and future innovations in SQL Server and the many customers and partners that continue to develop on the Microsoft SQL Server platform. Building on this foundation of innovation, Mangione announced the availability of SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) beta 2 and the availability of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) beta 1. He encouraged developers to join both beta programs and reinforced Microsoft’s commitment to deliver a set of dependable tools that provide the highest level of performance, manageability and scalability.

Shaping the Data Management Landscape

Microsoft SQL Server has come a long way from its early beginnings on the Windows NT®
platform. In 1993, 2,000 corporate sites were engaged in beta testing of SQL Server 1.0. Today, 40 percent of the relational database management systems on the Windows platform run SQL Server. Since the release of SQL Server 7.0 in 1998, Microsoft has outpaced the industry in integrated database technology, providing innovative features such as self-tuning; self-management; built-in Online Analytical Processing (OLAP); and extract, transform, load (ETL) and data warehousing capabilities. In addition, Microsoft added data mining into SQL Server 2000. These business intelligence (BI) features, included at no extra charge, offer an integrated data management and analysis platform. With the built-in BI features in SQL Server 2000, customers at all levels of an organization, from the mailroom to the boardroom, can increase productivity through the ability to have real-time insight into their data.

SQL Server has continued to strengthen the platform by introducing new capabilities such as the SQL Server Web Services Toolkit, SQL Server Notification Services, SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition 2.0, and the SQL Server Accelerator for Business Intelligence. These features and functionalities provide partners with the tools to build applications faster and extend real-time data management to Web services and mobile devices.

Mangione today announced SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) beta 2 and SQL Server 2000 SP3 beta 1. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) will provide a key advantage for customers adopting the Intel 64-bit and Windows .NET Server platform. Designed to support memory-intensive and performance-critical applications, SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) will scale large e-commerce Web sites that have a potentially unbounded number of users and a high volume of user transactions, large data warehouse and analysis applications, and line-of-business applications with high Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) workload. SQL Server 2000 SP3 is a comprehensive service pack that will give customers the highest level of performance, manageability and security. Customers interested in participating in the beta program should visit .

The SQL Server Community

Microsoft continues to work with industry partners and customers to shape the future direction of SQL Server. The Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) certification, which was first introduced in 1998, now has more than 83,000 certified professionals on SQL Server.

Microsoft SQL Server’s partnership with independent software vendors (ISV) has contributed to a 100 percent growth in the number of customers deploying ISV applications such as customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) on the SQL Server platform. Promoting a strong and healthy partner community is a core tenet of SQL Server. Microsoft collaborates with more than 2,000 industry partners building solutions on SQL Server today.

PASS Community Summit — Seattle

PASS Community Summit — Seattle offers more than 100 technical presentations by more than 60 user experts, Microsoft valued professionals and members of the Microsoft development team. Attendees can choose from three tracks: data warehousing and business intelligence, enterprise database administration and deployment, and development of Web-enabled and line-of-business solutions. The conference is being held at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle and will wrap up on Friday, Nov. 22. More information about PASS can be found at .

Additional information on SQL Server’s 10 Years of Innovation can be found at .

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is the complete database and analysis platform for rapidly delivering the next generation of scalable e-commerce, line-of-business and data warehousing solutions. It dramatically reduces the time required to bring these applications to market, while offering the scalability needed for the most demanding environments. SQL Server 2000 is the next-generation database of the .NET Enterprise Servers and an integral part of the Microsoft .NET Platform. More information on Microsoft SQL Server can be found at .

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