The first CTP has been released for Denali, the next version of SQL Server, likely to be released to Manufacturing in 2012. Microsoft
SQL Server isn’t just a database, but an entire "information platform", stated Ted Kummert from Microsoft.
Denali will introduce holistic data integration and a management solution focusing on data with new Data Quality Services for knowledge-driven data cleansing and Impact Analysis and Lineage.
SQL Server AlwaysOn will provide a set of capabilities to help businesses maximize uptime of their mission critical applications and simplify high availability deployments.
This version will be the largest SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) release.
Microsoft codename Atlanta is a secure cloud service that proactively monitors your Microsoft SQL Server deployments. It will capture configuration information that may later be required for troubleshooting and allow tracking of changes nightly.
SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse was also just launched.