Microsoft brings SQL Server on Linux
Microsoft is bringing its flagship relational database product, SQL Server, to the Linux operating system. This will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud, the company announced.
Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President for Enterprise and Cloud announced the company’s plans to bring SQL Server to Linus and explained that it will provide clients with more flexibility in their data solution. Al Gillen, group vice president, enterprise infrastructure, at IDC, was cited as saying that “this is an enormously important decision for Microsoft, allowing it to offer its well-known and trusted database to an expanded set of customers.” Ultimately, the decision to bring SQL Server on Linux will give clients choice and reduce the concerns for lock-in, Gillen added.
In late 2015, Microsoft and Red Hat Inc. announced a partnership aimed at helping clients to embrace hybrid cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure. The company’s latest disclosure proves that its emphasis on hybrid deployments is growing stronger. The idea that Microsoft will continue its string of partnerships is hardly far-fetched, especially since more platforms are needed if the company’s plan is to maintain SQL Server’s relevance.
SQL Server 2016: Perfect timing
The announcement comes two days before Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016 event. According to the tech giant’s Executive Vice President for Enterprise and Cloud, Microsoft will announce several new features around SQL Server 2016, including new mobile apps for business intelligence, data warehousing support and better in-memory database. “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,” Guthrie wrote.
Over the last year, Microsoft has been using the SQL Server 2016 code-base to run in production over 1.4 million SQL Databases in the cloud using its Azure SQL Database as a Service offering.