Microsoft has announced details of its new Microsoft SQL Server 2005 product line.
The updated database and analysis product will initially come in four editions and will be heavily promoted by Dell on its hardware platforms.
SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition will be a complete data and analysis platform for large mission-critical business applications.
The Standard Edition will be aimed at medium-sized businesses.
The Workgroup Edition is branded as an “affordable, easy-to-use and simple-to-manage” database solution for small to medium-sized organizations.
The Express Edition will be a free, downloadable easy-to-use version of SQL Server 2005 designed for building simple data-driven applications.
Along with the SQL Server 2005 product line, Microsoft announced it would immediately make available SQL Server 2000 Workgroup Edition. This version has the same focus as SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition, but is based on SQL Server 2000 functionality.
Dell announced it would be the first supplier to offer Workgroup Edition and Standard Edition for both SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005, pre-packaged with Dell PowerEdge servers.
Paul Flessner, Microsoft senior vice-president of server applications, said, “Our goal is to make enterprise-class data management and analysis affordable to a wide range of customers while driving complexity out of database systems – all at a lower total cost of ownership."
With SQL Server 2005, Microsoft said customers would be able to take advantage of its recently announced licensing for multi-core processors, which allows customers to license SQL Server 2005 on a more cost-effective per-processor basis, as opposed to other offerings that license per core.
Earlier this week Microsoft announced that a number of third-party developers had made available user applications built around SQL Server 2005.