Backup and Restore options are more flexibleGranular data recoveryRecover from unattached content DB (Don’t need to restore an entire content DB to get just one document or list item back)Uses the Content Deployment API (I think).
Doing away with the 2000 recommendations and leaving it up to the server admins to throttle as needed. Probably b/c of improved handling of queries, AJAX, and 64-bit server requirements. List throttling controls forces end users to create more efficient views with < x number of items. Better manage system resources.
Remote Blob Storage with SQL 2008<br />Who can benefit?<br />Majority of files over 1MB<br />Multi TB environment<br />Confusion<br />Will save you operations overhead<br />Complexity<br />Provider<br />EBS vs. RBS<br />
Performance<br />Large List throttling - web app level control how users query and view data, set throttle controls on number of items returned<br />HTTP Throttling – throttling timer jobs as second class citizens to first tier users<br />Developer Dashboard – Identify slow and resource intensive components on any page where they are rendered DB queries<br />SharePoint Workspace – Differencing Algorithm<br />
Large List Throttling<br />Configurable List Throttling<br />And Thresholds<br />You control when and how much!<br />List throttling controls forces end users to create more efficient views with < x number of items. <br />