SQL Server 2008’s Database Engine

The Database Engine is the primary component of SQL Server 2008. It is the Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) engine for SQL Server, and has been improved and enhanced tremendously in this version. The Database Engine is a high-performance component responsible for the efficient storage, retrieval, and manipulation of relational and Extensible Markup Language (XML) formatted data.

SQL Server 2008’s Database Engine is highly optimized for transaction processing, but offers exceptional performance in complex data retrieval operations. The Database Engine is also responsible for the controlled access and modification of data through its security subsystem. SQL Server 2008’s Database Engine has many major improvements to support scalability, availability, and advanced (and secure) programming objects.

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