The SQL 2008 session was a what’s coming in SQL 2008. Most of the information was stuff that I already knew and have covered here in some form or another: FILESTREAM, new data types, etc. There was a new piece feature which was presented. The new feature it called the Remote Blob Storage Architecture. It’s not actually part of the SQL Server but the SQL Native Client (the SQL 2008 SQL Server driver). the RBSA is an API which lets the application write the file directly to the file system within the context of a SQL Server transaction. This way if the transaction is rolled back the file is deleted automatically as part of the client transaction rollback.
This is the first that I have heard of it, so I’ll have to find out more about and post about it. The only thing that Google can find is an MSDN forum thread from March 2008. There was some very ruff VB.NET code presented as an example. I’ll try and get my hands on that, clean it up a bit and see what I can figure out. As soon as I do I’ll get it posted.
If anyone has any additional information about the RBSA please feel free to post it. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who would like to see more information about it.
I’ve got 5 or 6 sessions tomorrow, but they are more focused on VMware and the EMC CLARiiON product line. So be sure to check out tomorrow if you are interested in those.