While Michael focuses on what he believes Microsoft should have included in SQL Server 2008 (in his February 2008 Editorial "Where SQL Server Should Go from Here", I'd like to point you to some resources we tried to include in this issue but didn't have room for.
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SQL Mag Presses the Virtualization Hot Button
Although some readers say it’s risky to run production database environments under VMs, other signs point to a breakthrough year for SQL Server virtualization in 2008.
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