Microsoft’s flagship database SQL Server 2008 R2 refresh was completed and released to manufacturing today. With improved scalability, support for up to 256 logical processors, and simplified centralized management of multiserver deployments it should be a boon to many. The BI aspect of it alone should make its embracement rate outrace that of previous versions. Master Data, richer reports, and improved analysis features all combine together to make a solid product even better.
Personally I look forward to testing out StreamInsight with real time log analysis from SharePoint 2010 farms and RFID deployments.