Microsoft Announces SQL Server 2000

  • Written By: M. Reed
  • Published: December 15 1999

Event Summary

"REDMOND, Wash. - Dec. 13, 1999 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that the next major release of Microsoft SQL Server, currently code-named "Shiloh," would officially be named SQL Server 2000. Microsoft also revealed the features within SQL Server 2000 that will take advantage of the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, as well as the ways SQL Server 7.0 customers today can reap benefits from Windows 2000. SQL Server 2000 is due to ship in the first half of 2000. Already in beta testing with nearly 750 companies, SQL Server 2000 makes optimal use of new features and capabilities of Windows 2000 to offer dramatic improvements in the areas of scalability, reliability and manageability." SQL Server 2000 is an integral part of Windows DNA 2000. According to Tod Nielsen, vice president of marketing for the Developer Group at Microsoft, "SQL Server 2000, with its deep integration with Windows 2000 and the rest of the Windows DNA 2000 platform, will offer the fastest time to market and be the most flexible and manageable database for building the Business Internet."

Market Impact

Microsoft's Windows DNA (Distributed Internet Applications Architecture) uses COM+ for application services. (COM+ is a proprietary Microsoft standard that is the latest generation of the Component Object Model, a competitor to the Object Management Group's CORBA architecture.) This architecture is the application development model for Windows 2000. Microsoft has designed Windows 2000 and the products written for it to utilize distributed application components, which they feel will reduce development cycles since components can be reused between applications. According to Microsoft, COM+ "allows the operating system to serve as a foundation for applications that span multiple servers and support a large number of clients and is an efficient way to write distributed applications, which split processing among client and server computers." In addition, DNA handles transaction and message queuing services via Microsoft Transaction Services (MTS), and Microsoft Message Queuing Services (MSMQ).

Unfortunately, Microsoft continues to go against standards developed by open standards groups like the OMG, but given their market presence, there is not a large degree of risk in going Microsoft's way. The standards groups have developed "bridges" between the open standards and Microsoft's proprietary efforts, so integration with non-Microsoft platforms is at least possible.

User Recommendations

The distributed aspects of the COM technology are known as DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model). There has been speculation that Microsoft may replace DCOM for Internet intercommunications and replace it with the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), an XML-based mechanism that bridges different object models over the Internet and provides an open mechanism for Web services to communicate with one another. We recommend that customers wait for the "soap opera" to resolve itself before committing to these Microsoft technologies. In addition, DNA is most appropriate for Microsoft-centric customers who also use Windows NT 4.0, and Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) for their web communications. We also recommend that customers wait for at least one Windows 2000 Service Pack to be released before committing to using the technologies in a production environment

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