The next version of Microsoft SQL Server, code-named Yukon, is set for a mid-2003 beta 1 test and an early 2004 release. Microsoft considers this release to be as crucial to the company's plans as Windows Server 2003, saying that Yukon will be a database server upgrade and also a platform on which Microsoft will base future versions of Active Directory (AD), Microsoft Exchange Server, the Windows file system, and other products. Microsoft says that Yukon is all about programmability, enterprise database enhancements, and business intelligence. Here's what you need to know about Yukon.
Data mining was a significant new feature of SQL Server 2000, and Yukon will enhance this capability with end-to-end data warehousing and business intelligence capabilities. Microsoft will announce specifics about these features later this year, probably at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC). Tom Rizzo, a product manager on the SQL Server team, says these enhancements will be about "solving the lifecycle issues and rounding out the platform." Stay tuned for more information.
Because Yukon will form the basis for so many important Microsoft technologies and products, you should stay current on Yukon news as the product progresses. Additionally, because Yukon will form the basis of the generational platform between Windows 2003 and Longhorn, Yukon will be accompanied by a major upgrade to Visual Studio .NET 2003, which will include features that specifically target Yukon's new capabilities. One data store to rule them all? For Microsoft, Yukon looks to be that and more.