SQL Server 2008 … Correction, and Thoughts

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SQL Server 2008 … Correction, and Thoughts
Well, at least I know people are paying attention. Yesterday I announced that SQL Server 2008 would be released February 27, 2007. Oops. Of course that should have read February 27, 2008. Thanks for all of you that pointed it out – I do appreciate the heads-up.

On the question of release cycles and how it impacts your deployment of SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008, the general rule of thumb and standard answer is…

"Not sure."

I’m not surprised. We’ll have to collectively see the features, see how they dovetail into the applications we’re using and then make decisions on the upgrade. One thing that was brought up that has me a bit concerned is the fact that many third-party software vendors still don’t have their software certified as supporting SQL Server 2005. What gives with that??! In fact, many people have already mentioned that they didn’t actually expect their software now to be certified on 2005, but rather go directly to 2008.

Egad, I fear we’re headed for a real mess when it comes to version support, troubleshooting and so-on. I hope I’m wrong, and I don’t mean to be ringing the bell of warning like some catastrophic event looming, but it just smells like a potential for some convoluted times.

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