Originally Posted by Lord Kalthorn
Can't admit to hearing about Oracle? But it sounds good. Obviously though - I hate it because its against the Microsoft one
MSSQL 2005 is damn good, very good. I can't test the scability of course - I just don't have the time to invent masses of random data but I have been testing it and fiddling about for my Bulletin Board Project - so that will be fun
Umm I'd hold back if I were you, fair enough if you play about with the Beta releases then you'll have a good handle on the interfaces, but without hugh amounts of data, or access to more advanced materials the headstart you'll get on the administrative competition (assuming you'd want a dba job) will be about 1 hour (for all those months investigating)...
Scalability doesn't just include the masses of random data, but also how well the servers integrate with each other in server pools and clusters. there are very few large organisations that use a database on the merit of it's scalability without using server pooling techniques, after a while it becauses a case that the database engine is fast enough, but the processing speed / RAM / /HD access times / network just isn't good enough to keep up and/or move data efficiently.
Also I read over the weekend, at the edtech in australia (that happened in august -so the review was more than a little late) the release data for SQL server 2005 has been pushed back from spring to very late autumn / winter... and even then they don't want to be held to a release date, prefering to say "it'll be released when it's ready".