SQL Server 2017 Release Date: October 19, 2017?

Eagle-eyed @NikoNeugebauer (who you should definitely be following on Twitter) noticed something interesting in one of Lenovo’s recent TPC-H benchmark results.

The benchmark PDF shows:

Possible SQL Server 2017 release date at bottom right

Now this isn’t necessarily accurate – someone could have just stuffed in a placeholder date, or maybe SQL Server 2017 will be available earlier but the hardware is delayed until 2017/10/19, or maybe Lenovo’s trolling us.

Also, note that in the pricing section, SQL Server Enterprise Edition comes in at around $7k per core, indicating that there’s no big revolution coming in the pricing department.

I don’t consider this an official announcement by any means, so the Guess the SQL Server 2017 Release Date Contest is still on.

In related news, the SQL Server 2017 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) downloads are available now. Enjoy!

Update 2017/09/25: Looks like the release date was pretty doggone close, about two weeks off. The real date will be October 2.

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