Microsoft is excited to announce its plans in bringing SQL Server to Linux, which will be able ?to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud,? according to the official Microsoft blog.
Linux will be able to provide its customers with Microsoft?s flagship database program without even touching Windows. Engadget reported that the tech company is working with key Linux distributors – Red Hat and Ubuntu maker Canonical – for a successful run.
?This is an enormously important decision for Microsoft, allowing it to offer its well-known and trusted database to an expanded set of customers,? Al Gillen, group vice president, enterprise infrastructure, at IDC said in the official Microsoft blog. ?By taking this key product to Linux, Microsoft is proving its commitment to being a cross platform solution provider. This give customers choice and reduces the concerns for lock-in. We would expect this will also accelerate the overall adoption of SQL Server.?
This exciting move might determine their ?market expansion,? which CEO Satya Nadella shared with the New York Times. But depending on how well Linux users welcome the integration of the SQL Server, Microsoft should be extra cautious and prepared for the outcome.
Nevertheless, the better part of the group is excited about the move. ?We are delighted to be working with Microsoft as it brings SQL Server to Linux,? Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical shared in the official Microsoft blog. ?Customers are already taking advantage of Azure Data Lake services on Ubuntu, and now developers will be able to build modern applications that utilize SQL Server?s enterprise capabilities.?
Private preview for SQL Server on Linux just started and is expected to launch in mid 2017. Find out more details about Microsoft?s flagship database program at the Data Driven event on Thursday.