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SQL Server 2005 Features at a Glance

The following table provides an overview of several key enhancements in SQL Server 2005, focusing on
enterprise data management, developer productivity, and business intelligence. A wider range of compared
features is available at the SQL Server Developer Center at MSDN.

Enterprise Data Management


Technology Capabilities

High Availability Failover clustering and database mirroring technology in SQL Server 2005 will enable
enterprises to deliver highly reliable, available applications to employees, customers, and
partners.

Management SQL Server 2005 introduces an integrated suite of management tools and management
Tools application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide ease of use, manageability, and
support for operating large-scale SQL Server deployments.

Security SQL Server 2005 has been designed to help provide the highest level of security for
Enhancements enterprise data through features such as database encryption, more secure default settings,
password policy enforcement, granular permissions control, and an enhanced security
model.

Scalability Scalability advancements in SQL Server 2005 include table partitioning, replication
enhancements, and 64-bit support.

Developer Productivity
Technology Capabilities

Common Language SQL Server 2005 introduces the capability to develop database objects using any
Runtime (CLR) Microsoft .NET language.
Integration

Deep XML Integration SQL Server 2005 delivers a new XML data type, enabling the storage of XML
fragments or documents in SQL Server databases.

Transact-SQL New query types and the capability to use error handling in transactions provide
Enhancements developers with more flexibility and control in SQL Server query development.

SQL Server 2005 Full integration of SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition with SQL Server 2005 and
Compact Edition Visual Studio 2005 provides a platform for developers to rapidly build applications
that extend enterprise data management capabilities to mobile devices.

Business Intelligence
Technology Capabilities

Analysis Analysis Services provides a unified and integrated view of all your business data as the
Services foundation for all of your traditional reporting, OLAP analysis, Key Performance Indicator (KPI)
scorecards and data mining.

Integration SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a next generation data integration platform that can
Services integrate data from any source. SSIS provides a scalable and extensible platform that empowers
Business Intelligence
Technology Capabilities

development teams to build, manage, and deploy integration solutions to meet unique
integration needs.

Reporting SQL Server Reporting Services is a comprehensive, server-based reporting solution designed to
Services help you author, manage, and deliver both paper-based and interactive Web-based reports.

Data Mining SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) provides tools for data mining with which you can
identify rules and patterns in your data, so that you can determine why things happen and
predict what will happen in the future – giving you powerful insight that will help your company
make better business decisions.

SQL Server 2005 Features

SQL Server 2005 is a powerful tool for turning information into opportunity. Industry-leading support for XML,
enhanced tools for system management and tuning, and exceptional scalability and reliability make SQL Server
2005 the best choice for the agile enterprise.

Rich XML Support


Simplify the integration of your back-end systems and data transfer across firewalls using XML.

Integration with Windows Server System—BizTalk Server and Commerce Server


SQL Server 2005, in conjunction with other Microsoft Windows Server System™ integrated server software,
provides even more power for your e-business.

Web-Enabled Analysis
Analyze data from remote OLAP cubes that are Web accessible.

Web Access to Data


Connect to your SQL Server 2005 databases and OLAP cubes flexibly, by using the Web with no additional
programming.

Application Hosting
With multi-instance support, SQL Server enables you to take full advantage of your hardware investments so
that multiple applications can be run on a single server, or outsourced.

Clickstream Analysis
Gain a deep understanding of online customer behavior, so that you can make better business decisions.

Security
Ensure your applications are secure in any networked environment, with role-based security and file and
network encryption.

Full-Text Search
Use and manage both your structured and unstructured data, including searching through Microsoft Office
documents.

High Availability
Maximize the availability of your business applications with log shipping, online backups, and failover clusters.

Scalability
Scale your applications up to 32 CPUs and 64 gigabytes (GB) of RAM. SQL Server 2005 has demonstrated
record-breaking performance that you can leverage.

Security
Ensure your applications are secure in any networked environment, with role-based security and file and
network encryption.

Distributed Partitioned Views


Partition your workload among multiple servers for additional scalability.

Indexed Views
Gain performance from your existing hardware by storing query results and reducing response times.

VI SAN
Improve your overall system performance with built-in support for a virtual system area network (VI SAN).

Replication
With SQL Server 2005 you can implement merge, transactional, and snapshot replication with heterogeneous
systems.

Full-Text Search
Use and manage both your structured and unstructured data, including searching through Microsoft Office
documents.

Simplified Database Administration


Automatic tuning and maintenance features enable administrators to focus on other critical tasks.

Improved Developer Productivity


User-defined functions, cascading referential integrity, and the integrated Transact-SQL debugger allow you to
reuse code to simplify the development process.

Data Transformation Services


Automate routines that extract, transform, and load data from heterogeneous sources.

Extend Applications
Support for access by devices, such as Microsoft Windows® CE handheld units, provides broader access to
applications and extends your user base.

Web and Application Hosting


Have your e-commerce solution hosted by a third party, with SQL Server 2005 support for multiple instances.
English Query
Enable your users to pose questions in English instead of using multi dimensional expressions (MDX).

Data Mining
Discover patterns and trends with data mining, and make predictions about future trends in your business.

Analysis (OLAP) Services


Perform rapid, sophisticated analysis on large and complex data sets using multi-dimensional storage.

OLAP Flexibility
Use multiple dimension types for flexible business analysis.

Closed-Loop Analysis
Take analysis one step further with OLAP actions, allowing results to drive next steps in the business process.