Bellevue startup iConclude will get a boost from a new partnership with Opsware, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based data-center automation heavyweight. Opsware will sell iConclude’s automation technology through its global sales network — similar to the way Budweiser distributes Redhook microbrews.
— A beta preview of SQL Server 2005’s SP2 is now available, featuring updates such as data compression, additional business intelligence features, security updates, support for Vista and optimization for the 2007 Office System.
— A release candidate of SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition.
— He also announced that Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals will be released to manufacturing Nov. 30. It may be a great product, but VSTEDP sounds like something to discuss with a urologist.