Seems like a long time coming, but Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2012 will be released on March 7, 2012. If you happen to have been at the PASS Summit 2011 in October you’re probably excited by this release. (From what I was told, SQL Server 2012 is looking very impressive. ) Here’s the agenda for the release event and here’s the free registration. Here’s the new feature list, of which I here Always On is the big thing.