SQL Server is a comprehensive, integrated end-to-end data solution that empowers users across your organization by providing them with a secure, reliable, and productive platform for enterprise data and business intelligence (BI) applications. SQL Server 2005 delivers powerful, familiar tools to Information Technology professionals as well as to information workers, reducing the complexity of creating, deploying, managing, and using enterprise data and analytical applications on platforms ranging from mobile devices to enterprise data systems. Through a comprehensive feature set, interoperability with existing systems, and automation of routine tasks, SQL Server 2005 provides a complete data solution for enterprises of all sizes. The Standard Edition is complete data management and analysis platform for medium businesses and larger departments.
The Standard Edition supports up to 4 CPUs, 64-bit machines (depending on edition), and unlimited database size. Standard high-availability tools include database mirroring, failover clustering, backup log-shipping, and online system changes. The Standard Edition also offers a full set of managability, security, and programmability tools.