The newly announced native database encryption in SQL Server 2005 is a win for customers, but it doesn't necessarily make Oracle and IBM the 'Hyundais' of encryption.
Microsoft's spark plugs must be sizzling with pride. Now Redmond is claiming to be building the "Ferrari" of database encryption, compared with archrivals Oracle Corp. and IBM, whose supposedly pokey database security Microsoft Director of Product Management for SQL Server Tom Rizzo calls the "Hyundais" of encryption.
What Microsoft is crowing about, of course, is its Tuesday announcement at its TechEd 2004 conference in San Diego that it will embed native data encryption into the upcoming SQL Server 2005 version of its relational database, formerly code-named Yukon.
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