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Microsoft announces SQL on Linux

Microsoft database to be available on Linux for first time from next year

Microsoft's SQL database will be available on Linux for the first time.
Microsoft's SQL database will be available on Linux for the first time.

Microsoft has announced that it will make its SQL Server database available for the Linux operating system for the first time.

SQL Server on Linux, which is due to become available in mid-2017, is the first edition of SQL to be available on the open source operating system, which Microsoft says is intended to a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud.

The launch is seen as part of Microsoft's strategy to make more of its applications available on operating systems and platforms other than its own Windows OS. SQL on Linux is in private preview with customers at present, the company said.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Group wrote in a blog post: "SQL Server on Linux will provide customers with even more flexibility in their data solution. One with mission-critical performance, industry-leading TCO, best-in-class security, and hybrid cloud innovations - like Stretch Database which lets customers access their data on-premises and in the cloud whenever they want at low cost - all built in."

"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, enterprise infrastructure, at IDC. "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'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. "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."

Microsoft also announced new capabilities for the next version of SQL, SQL Server 2016, including improved encryption for data at rest, in motion and in-memory; In-memory database support for every workload; data warehousing capabilities that received top ratings on two leading performance benchmarks; and business intelligence capabilities including mobile access on iOS, Android and Windows devices; advanced analytics capabilities; and enhanced cloud capabilities that allow for partitioning of data workloads across on-premises and cloud based systems.