Microsoft has announced plans to bring SQL Server to Linux in order to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server, Linux, on-premise platforms and in the cloud. The company is releasing a preview of SQL Server on Linux, with general availability expected in mid-2017.
“This is an enormously important decision for Microsoft, allowing it to offer its well-known and trusted database to an expanded set of customers,” said Al Gillen, group vice president of, enterprise infrastructure at IDC, in a Microsoft blog post. “By taking this key product to Linux, Microsoft is proving its commitment to being a cross-platform solution provider. This gives customers choice and reduces the concerns for lock-in. We would expect this will also accelerate the overall adoption of SQL Server.”
SQL Server 2016 features:
- Security encryption capabilities to protect data at rest, in motion, and in memory
- In-memory database support
- Improved data-warehousing performance
- Business intelligence for employees and new mobile BI support for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices
- Advanced analytics using R support to provide real-time predictive analytics on operational and analytic data
- Cloud capabilities that allow users to deploy hybrid architectures across on-premises and cloud-based systems
“These improvements, and many more, are all built into SQL Server and bring you not just a new database but a complete platform for data management, business analytics and intelligent apps—one that can be used in a consistent way across both on-premises and the cloud,” wrote Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group in Microsoft, on the Microsoft blog.