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Microsoft Pads 64-bit Support in SQL Server

Microsoft has released its second Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2005, adding greater performance and 64-bit support for SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services and SQL Server 2005 Integration Services.

Deep in its testing phase, SQL Server 2005 already has 64-bit support for the database engine. But the second CTP rounds out support for the current, red-hot trend of supporting 64-way systems.

Analysis and integration services were launched on SQL Server 2005 in September to help boost the product's business intelligence tools.

CTPs are unofficial beta tests that Microsoft has begun offering this year for its Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and Virtual Server 2005. Their purpose is to help users test the deepening levels of functionality the Redmond, Wash., software giant is adding to its next-generation software products.

The idea is that the actual betas will be less bug-prone and much more advanced than run-of-the-mill beta tests. Microsoft is betting heavily on products like SQL Server 2005, which competes against fellow mature databases from IBM and Oracle . Having a clean beta is an important step along the path to its finished database product.

Microsoft issued its first CTP in October.

"We're encouraged by the success of the CTP program for SQL Server 2005. The response has been impressive, and we are excited to be able to offer another update to our customers today," said Paul Flessner, senior vice president for SQL Server at Microsoft, in a statement.

Microsoft has also issued a technical preview of SQL Server 2005 Express Manager, a free database management that automates database support and administration, making it easier for users. The tool manages SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE 2000) and SQL Server 2005 Developer and Express Edition databases.

SQL Server 2005 is in its second beta, with hundreds of thousands of users testing it. The finished product is due in late 2005.