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Vendors Line Up Behind SQL Sequel

Two years late and still missing at least one key feature, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 drew applause from storage vendors today while customers were a little more muted.

EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, NEC, Network Appliance, and Symantec were among those pledging support for the new database that Microsoft hopes will be more competitive with Oracle in running mission-critical enterprise applications.

While partners have a vested interest in pushing the new Microsoft capabilities, customers are being more circumspect. "Every time Microsoft has released some new version, there have been bugs in it. We usually wait awhile. We also want to see what's actually beneficial for us," says Nima Khamooshi, IT manager for Fayetteville Public Library in Arkansas.

The library uses SQL Server along with a range of other programs to maintain its 190,000-volume series of electronic and print publications across a variety of databases. Khamooshi anticipates it will be "at least six months" before his staff can even think about the new features.

Bud James, technical services director of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., currently uses SQL Server 2000 and points out the new version is certainly an improvement over the previous one. "One thing I am not able to do is remote database replication to our business continuity site," he explains. For El Camino, which is located close to both the San Andreas and Monte Vista faults, business continuity is a serious concern. (See Hospital Saves With Server Shakeup.)

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