With SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft continues to be the value leader, offering rich functionality to support OLTP and BI workloads out of the box at a low cost of ownership relative to competitors. With increasing hardware innovations, SQL Server continues to be the only major database vendor who does not price per core for multi-core processors. Built on SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2 delivers higher mission-critical scale, more efficient IT, and expanded reporting and analytics through self-service business intelligence.
The Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise delivers a comprehensive data platform that provides built-in security, availability, and scale coupled with robust business intelligence offerings - helping enable the highest service levels for mission-critical workloads.
Trusted, scalable platform
It supports data consistency across heterogeneous systems through SQL Server master data services, enabling high-scale complex event-stream processing through SQL Server StreamInsight, and supporting scale-up scenarios for the large available x64 and Itanium hardware.
IT and developer efficiency
Enabling administrators to centrally monitor and manage multiple database applications, instances or servers, accelerating the development and deployment of applications and providing improved support for virtualization through Hyper-V with live migration in Windows Server 2008 R2.
Managed self-service BIProduct Highlights
Expanding powerful BI tools to all users with SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel and empowering the class of business users to build and share powerful BI solutions with little or no IT support, while still enabling IT to monitor and manage user-generated BI solutions.
- PowerPivot for SharePoint to support the hosting and management of PowerPivot applications in SharePoint
- Application and multi-server management for enrolling, gaining insights and managing up to 25 instances
- Master data services for data consistency across heterogeneous systems
- Data compression now enabled with UCS-2 unicode support
- High-scale complex event processing with SQL Server StreamInsight
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