Microsoft has released to manufacturing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, the new version of its relational database management system software.
The database's scale has been expanded; a single SQL Server 2008 instance can now be run on up to 256 logical processors. Previously, a SQL Server instance could only scale up to 64 logical processors. It will also run on as much as two terabytes of working memory. R2 also optimises the database's use in virtualised environments.
Another new feature, called Utility Control Point, enables database administrators to manage the policies of entire farms of SQL Servers from a single console.