Hopefully you saved some mental storage space for this week's server news, which includes updates from Microsoft on SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 8 and its additional storage support, and the security bulletins to expect this month.
SQL Server 2012 versions get detailed
ZDnet reports SQL Server 2012 will ship sometime early next year. Three SKUs have been axed with one added. The Enterprise Edition is the top of the line SKU supporting the maximum number of cores, with advanced security, data warehousing and an advanced AlwaysOn, high-availability feature. Business Intelligence, the middle version lacks those added capabilities, but offers enterprise data management and special BI features. Finally, Standard is the basic, stripped-down version. When it ships, SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition will be priced at just under $7,000 per core.
Server 8 steps up storage support
Addressing storage issues is a major focus in Windows Server 8, Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Division General Manager Thomas Pfenning told TechTarget this week. He also outlined some of the heterogeneous storage support updates to expect in a recent blog post, including the NFS v4.1 protocol and an inbox iSCSI software target. Perhaps the most important storage news is that the Server Message Block (SMB) 2.2 protocol will be supported for the first time, which could help better position Microsoft in the cloud and virtualization markets.
Patch Tuesday preview
Microsoft's monthly security patch bulletin may come out on Tuesdays, but a sneak peek is available now, and it includes four fixes for Windows. There is one "critical" update (a remote code execution flaw) that affects Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, including the Server Core installation. There is also an "important" update that affects Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2. Expect restarts to be required for most updates to take effect.