The SQL Server team has recently published a series of (CUSTOMER READY) Channel 9 Videos (<10 minutes each) on SQL Server technologies.
The videos are based on Information Platform Vision outlined during SQL Server 2008 R2 timeframe. The non-marketing videos (by engineering Program Managers – PMs) give customers peek into the goals and visions why certain SQL Server features were decided and implemented.
Upgrade Your Database
Learn improvements/enhancements on upgrade experience for SQL Server from Joe Yong, Senior Program Manager from SQL Server China Research & Development Manageability team.
SQL Server Data Programmability Tools
Learn about the vision of database programmability tools for SQL Server "Denali" from Krzysztof Kozielczyk, Program Manager from SQL Server Programmability team.
SQL Server Appliance
Learn the upcoming SQL Server appliances from Britt Johnston, Principal Group Manager from SQL Server Appliance Engineering team.
Parallel Data Warehouse
Learn massive parallel architecture of SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse from Dandy Weyn, Senior Technical Product Manager from SQL Server marketing team.
SQL Server Virtualization
Learn how decisions were made for SQL Server virtualization from Guy Bowerman, Senior Program Manager from SQL Server Engine team.
SQL Server Security
Learn security & compliance features for SQL Server from Il-Sung Lee, Senior Program Manager from SQL Server Engine Security team.
SQL Server AlwaysOn
Learn about AlwaysOn - HA/DR improvements/enhancements for SQL Server from Justin Erickson, Senior Program Manager from SQL Server Engine team.
SQL Server Backup Compression
Learn about the choices made for SQL Server backup compression from Kevin Farlee, Senior Program Manager from SQL Server Storage Engine team.
SQL Server Integration Services
Learn improvements/enhancements on SQL Server "Denali" Integration Services from Kevin McGuire, Principal Architect from SQL Server Integration Services team.
SQL Server Non Relational
Learn improvements/enhancements on SQL Server non-relational features from Michael Rys, Principal Program Manager from SQL Server Engine team.
SQL Server CLR
Learn improvements/enhancements on CLR for SQL Server from RobAnn Mateja, Senior Program Manager from SQL Server Engine team.
SQL Server Data Compression
Learn data compression for SQL Server from Sunil Agarwal, Principal Program Manager from SQL Server Engine Storage team.
SQL Server Manageability
Learn manageability vision for SQL Server from Vinod Jagannathan, Senior Program Manager from SQL Server Manageability team.
Thanks to Darmadi Komo, SQL Server Senior Product Manager for this great content.