SQL servers have been among some of the most popular and easy to use relational databases ever propagated. Microsoft has decided to bring their flexibility and ease of use to non-Window platforms and has announced an early private preview of SQL server for Linux.
The move while surprising due to the sudden announcement, was long overdue. Linux computers form an important part of systems everywhere and are used to provide users with all sorts of servers. As such, not allowing them to deploy SQL servers was Microsoft’s loss as well.
However, the company has finally allowed it on the platform and is hoping forma full fledged launch by the middle of next year.
Speaking on the topic, Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of its cloud and enterprise group, said
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 dost — all built in.
The timing of Microsoft’s announcement is certainly quite interesting. The company is slated to host its SQL Server 2016 event in New York in a couple of days and most would have expected it to make this news public, at the event itself. However, revealing it earlier may have served to hype up the excitement for the event — and now, Linux users can have something to look forward to as well.
The upcoming event will see Microsoft elaborate upon some new, exciting features it has added to SQL 2016, including better in-memory database, R, data warehousing support, and new mobile apps for business intelligence.
Meanwhile, the SQL Server 2016, which is in a public preview and at present, is deployed in over 1.4 million SQL databases in Microsoft’s Azure cloud, is expected to become generally available to Windows users by the year end.
The move can be viewed as part of Microsofts increasing emphasis upon open source and cross platform Technologies. What once used to be strictly hush hush and top secret is now out in the open. Indeed, the company is known to deploy Linux on its cloud servers and has increasingly been partnering up with other major corporations to provide its technologies across the spectrum.