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May 2012, Vol. 10

Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012 has muscle, but database battle is fierce

More on SQL Server 2012 Read our SQL Server 2012 guide SQL Server 2012 pricing and licensing is packed with changes What you need to know about SQL Server 2012 While SQL Server 2012 is probably the strongest version Microsoft has released “in a long time,” according to one industry observer, don’t expect it to become the revenue leader in the database market anytime soon, if ever. That said, experts contend its features geared toward enterprises -- high availability and business intelligence among them -- could shake up the market more than past versions have. “There’s a real focus on high availability and disaster recovery,” said Wes Miller, an analyst with consultancy Directions on Microsoft in Kirkland, Wash. “In general it could start a movement to migrate customers to SQL Server 2012.” SQL Server has long been the leader in units sold, but lags far behind Oracle Database in licensing revenue. Oracle recently boasted about Gartner numbers that say it claimed nearly 50% of total database revenue. Microsoft usually hovers ...

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