Microsoft on Wednesday at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit announced it has released beta 2 of its planned SQL Server 2000 64-bit database as well as a beta of a service pack for the existing SQL Server 2000 database.
The new SQL Server 64-bit beta release includes optimization for the Intel Itanium 2 chip and performance improvements, according to Microsoft. The 64-bit version of SQL Server is intended to support memory-intensive and performance-critical applications and will scale to large e-commerce Web sites that have a potentially unbounded number of users and a high volume of user transactions, the company said. This latest version also is intended for large data warehousing and analysis applications and line-of-business applications with a high OLTP workload.
The forthcoming SQL Server will reach the released-to-manufacturing stage, a precursor to general public availability, in a few months and be generally available in April 2003 with the launch of the Windows .Net Server 2003 64-bit operating system.
The company also released details of SQL Server Service Pack 3 beta 1 for the existing 32-bit SQL Server 2000 database. In addition to all the fixes in the first two service packs, the new service pack features analysis services including remote partitions support to boost scalability and support for third-party data mining algorithms. The SQL Server Agent logging feature, for logging transactions, is improved via the service pack, as are replication performance and reliability. Multiserver administration also is improved.
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