GeoComm and others are carrying the release from ESRI, about how ArcSDE 9.1 Service Pack 1 now supports SQL Server 2005. That's definitely great news, given some of the momentum that SQL Server 2005 has gained over its predecessor. Some of the other questions are where SQL Server will begin to take up the slack with increasing support for spatial objects. Even bigger question is if IBM will do the same, with DB2. According to some third parties, the newest version of DB2 actually significantly outperforms both Oracle and SQL Server.
With various RDBMS vendors exploring native storage of spatial data, as well as Microsoft pursuing the geospatial domain with experiments like Live Local, things are definitely heating up.
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