Microsoft has announced that it is bringing SQL Server to Linux. This is a move that will mean that different platforms will be able to connect more consistently between Windows Server and Linux. Linux is the most popular open source operating system and a number of business use Linux based servers.
SQL Server 2016 has been improved in a range of ways. Security encryption as been enhanced to allow data to be encrypted when still, in motion and in memory. Data warehousing performance as been improved. Employees will have Business Intelligence (BI) on whatever device they use (iOS, Android and Windows). New R support will allow customers to perform predictive analytics on operational and analytic data in real time. Cloud capabilities have been improved that allow customers to use hybrid architectures to partition data workloads whether they’re in the workplace or accessing information via the cloud.
Microsoft is aiming to recreate the SQL Server to do more than it previously has been able to. Bringing SQL Server to Linux means that Microsoft is opening themselves up to more users across the world. Windows no longer have the monopoly it once did in computers and servers, and in the area of mobile devices, Microsoft doesn’t have much pull. Being able to access data from any device and being able to work with Linux is something that will mean business activities and transactions will be easier to do using SQL Server.
According to Al Gillen, group vice-president, enterprise infrastructure, at IDC, “This is an enormously important decision for Microsoft, allowing it to offer it is well-known and trusted database to an expanded set of customers. 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.”
Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat, believes that this sees Microsoft making more of an investment in Linux, something that will make users happy around the world. Hybrid cloud partnerships increase the choice for users as well as improving compatibility. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical believes developers will be able to build applications that are modern and improve on what was built before.
Satya Nadella, Joseph Sirosh and Judson Althoff will be speaking about the SQL Server on Thursday at the Data Driven event.