Research Brief

 

Microsoft Increases Internet Support for SQL Server

Microsoft has announced new Internet tools and licensing that make it easier to use SQL Server to publish or access information, communicate and transact business on the Internet. Tools include a World Wide Web interface via Microsoft's Internet Database Connection. The Internet Database Connection is part of Microsoft's Internet Information Server, Microsoft's Server for Internet publishing, formerly named Gibraltar. The Internet Database Connector gives SQL Server customers the ability to collect and track customer profiles and create personalized Web pages. The upcoming SQL Server version 6.5 will simplify and automate the creation of htm Web pages integrated with the SQL Server database. Microsoft has also announced an unlimited usage SQL Server Internet Connector licensing offering a flat-fee for an Internet or intranet-connected SQL Server (version 6.0 or 6.5). Figures have not yet been released.

 

Analysis

Microsoft is enhancing the Internet functionality and value of Windows NT through the increased functionality of its SQL Server and SQL Server database.

Microsoft's Internet Database Connector provides Internet capability for SQL Server database applications, enabling organizations to publish or track data via the Internet. This functionality also allows for the integration of Internet-based information into corporate databases.

Microsoft wants to provide non-technical people with a variety of Internet tools that simplify Web publishing. This strategy widens the appeal of Microsoft's platforms among business users. Further, Microsoft's goal to make Internet participation easier will appeal to businesses at the management level, simplifying the complex task of transitioning business to the Internet.

Microsoft's strategy to put Internet publishing in the hands of non-programmers will spur a number of similar competitive and supporting products.

Microsoft SQL Server Internet tools will be fully extendible into third-party or proprietary SQL Server applications. Microsoft will begin to market developer tools and training programs to stimulate the development of applications which take advantage of SQL Server's Internet functionality.