Windows Server System Magazine - SQL Server 2005 amid DBMS Market Dynamics: "Last month's Trends & Analysis column provided an overview of database management system (DBMS) trends and the reasons why DBMSs have a resurgent and expanding role in the broader application platform landscape. This month's column assesses Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 product line, in terms of both how Microsoft is addressing DBMS trends and how Microsoft is poised to compete with IBM, Oracle, and open source DBMS initiatives.
SQL Server 2005 is a major Microsoft milestone in many respects. To establish context for understanding its significance within the Windows Server System and the rest of Microsoft's product line, I'll start with a brief historical recap of SQL Server's evolution. An overview of some of the most important new features in SQL Server 2005 follows next, and the column concludes with a competitive landscape assessment and market projections."
FYI my latest Windows Server System Magazine column.