At TechEd North American 2009, Microsoft announced that its next release of SQL Server - codenamed Kilimanjaro - will now be dubbed SQL Server 2008 R2.
Although IT professionals and the general public are used to seeing R2 at the end of Microsoft product releases, many of them still want clarification on what it means for SQL Server.
Typically, Microsoft follows a cycle of alternating between major and minor releases of its products. Therefore, major product releases, like SQL Server, Windows and Exchange Server, usually don't undergo major changes for at least four years. Minor updates however, like with the R2 product line, are usually introduced every two years or so.
This article will provide an overview of the benefits, new features and improvements to expect with SQL Server 2008 R2.