Microsoft has announced the first service pack for its SQL Server 2005, five months after releasing the database software.
The SQL Server 2005 SP1 service pack includes a production-ready database mirroring function, designed to sustain continuous availability if the main database crashes. Microsoft said the database mirroring function had been tested by 20 existing users.
SP1 also offers business insight features to users of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, by extending its reporting services function to support enterprise reporting on SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence.
The service pack includes the new SQL Server Management Studio Express, a simplified graphical management environment for SQL Server Express Edition.
Paul Flessner, senior vice president of Microsoft’s data and storage platform division said, “It has been very gratifying to see the level of excitement, engagement and rapid adoption of SQL Server 2005 by our customers and partners.”
The “large volume of feedback” had helped the company deliver SP1 quickly, he added.