Microsoft brings SQL Server to Linux

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Microsoft has just revealed its plans to bring its database software SQL Server to Linux operating system. SQL Server would be most significant software from Microsoft on Linux platform of which the preview is already available on Linux starting today.

This is the first time SQL Server will run on a platform other than Windows. One must think that Microsoft is really up with adopting changes which is a must to go with to proceed in today’s industry. This move is also hinting that Microsoft has its plans to prioritize its database platform across two major operating systems.

SQL Server is not the first thing in relation between Microsoft and Linux. Visual Studio has already been gone open and available on Linux and Mac OS X. Microsoft Azure is another one. However this is the key element that SQL Server has never run on any other platform but Windows.

Microsoft has already started private preview of the SQL Server on Linux today. While having it announced, the public availability will be around mid next year.

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Along with the platform shift announcement, Microsoft also announced the most significant release of SQL Server 2016 which brings some fantastic new capabilities.

  • Security encryption capabilities that enable data to always be encrypted at rest, in motion and in-memory to deliver maximum security protection
  • In-memory database support for every workload with performance increases up to 30-100x
  • Data Warehousing performance with the #1, #2 and #3 TPC-H 10 Terabyte benchmarks for non-clustered performance, and the #1 SAP SD Two-Tier performance benchmark on windows
  • Business Intelligence for every employee on every device – including new mobile BI support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices
  • Advanced analytics using our new R support that enables customers to do real-time predictive analytics on both operational and analytic data
  • Unique cloud capabilities that enable customers to deploy hybrid architectures that partition data workloads across on-premises and cloud based systems to save costs and increase agility

“SQL Server’s proven enterprise experience and capabilities offer a valuable asset to enterprise Linux customers around the world,” said Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat.

He also added “We believe our customers will welcome this news and are happy to see Microsoft further increasing its investment in Linux. As we build upon our deep hybrid cloud partnership, spanning not only Linux, but also middleware, and PaaS, we’re excited to now extend that collaboration to SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, bringing enterprise customers increased database choice.”

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