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MS SQL Server 2011 aka Denali, Next Version of SQL Server - CTP 1 Now available!

Ladies and Gentlemen, SQL Server 2011, aka Denali, CTP 1 is now available as public download :  


Although, I'm not attending PASS this year, I have been keeping my ear close to the ground of the SQL Server Community.

Microsoft has long ago started on project named Denali, codename of MS SQL Server 2011.

Microsoft actually started working on the next version of MS SQL Server, the data platform before releasing the MS SQL Server 2008 R2 version.

SQL Server code-named 'Denali' helps empowers organizations to be more agile in today’s competitive market. Customers will more efficiently deliver mission-critical solutions through a highly scalable and available platform. Industry-leading tools help developers quickly build innovative applications while data integration and management tools help deliver credible data reliably to the right users and extended managed self-service BI capabilities enable meaningful insights.

With SQL Server code-named 'Denali' customers will benefit from the following added investments:

  • Enhanced mission-critical platform: A highly available and scalable platform designed to with greater flexibility, lower TCO, ease of use, and the performance required by the most mission-critical applications.
  • Developer and IT Productivity: New additional tools will help developers build innovative applications with reduced time-to-market while IT professionals benefit from greater operational control and ease of use.
  • Pervasive Insight: Stunning new managed self-service experiences for end users and holistic data integration and management tools will help deliver consistent, credible data to the right users at the right time.

To read about what is new in SQL Server code-named 'Denali' - Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) click here

As PASS Summit 2010 is very much under way, Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President, Business Platform Division at Microsoft, is set to give the Keynote very shortly, and is expected to announce the release of CTP 1, Denali.

This is an exciting event, and you can catch it here:


Live streaming begins Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 from 8:00am to 10:00am Pacific. The session will begin at 8:15am.

As senior vice president of the Business Platform Division (BPD) within the Microsoft Server and Tools Business at Microsoft Corp., Ted Kummert is responsible for leading the product strategy and development of an integrated application platform - including database and application servers, cloud services, and data programmability and modeling technologies.

Products delivered by BPD include Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server, Windows Server AppFabric and Windows Azure platform AppFabric, Windows Communication Foundation, and Windows Workflow Foundation.

***Update:  Here is the press release that went out today from Microsoft:


Posted by Dukagjin Maloku on 9 November 2010

Thanks for the info ...

Posted by hennie de nooijer on 10 November 2010

Downloading now!

Posted by Richard Thorne on 10 November 2010

Awesome stuff :) Downloading now!

Posted by trayalacheruvu on 10 November 2010

thanks for the info

Posted by Ayyappan on 10 November 2010

Thanks Robert :)

Posted by hkamal.infoedge on 10 November 2010


Downloading Now!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Rod at work on 10 November 2010

Thank you for the info.  We're still at SQL 2005, and would probably stay there until whatever comes after SQL 2008 & SQL 2008 R2, just due to our budgetary constraints.

Posted by SQL Noob on 10 November 2010

there goes my recommendation that we buy into SQL 2008 R2 next year

the SA prices look OK so I might push for us to pay every year

Posted by sridharnalluri on 10 November 2010

Thanks for Update

Posted by sean hawkes on 10 November 2010

x86? I thought starting with R2 it was all x64 from there on out?

Posted by huslayer on 10 November 2010

downloading .....

Posted by bopapemi on 11 November 2010

Cool staff, what is the OS version requirements for Denali???

Posted by blessonblessons on 21 December 2010

SQL Server 2011 will work on either of these OS Windows 2008,Vista or Windows 7

Posted by Bernaridho Hutabarat-481902 on 29 December 2010

I suggest Microsoft to implement nested partition. The users can then create nested partitioned table and nested partitioned indexes. This facility is useful to create tables that are partitioned by year (for example), and then each partitioned-table is (sub)partitioned by month. Even better perhaps is 3-level partition. Thus, we can make partitioned-tables and indexes on (year, quarter, month) for example.

This way Microsoft can make SQL Server 11 a strong competitor to Oracle 11 that already implements subpartition since 8i. I believe nested partitioning is important for Business Intelligence.

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