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Microsoft's SQL-Server-on-Linux concept takes a small step forward

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March 21, 2016

Things appear to be moving rather slowly, but Microsoft's SQL-Server-on-Linux concept appears to be making some progress.

Microsoft has also promised to ship SQL Server 2016 during this calendar year, having recently and quietly popped out the first release candidate in which the core database is feature complete, the company asserted.

SQL Server for Linux will most likely be available sometime in mid-2017 it would appear, according to a blog post from Microsoft.

To be sure, Microsoft first started showing off private early-stage versions of SQL Server for Linux early this month, but it was a bit of a low key event.

At launch, author Takeshi Numoto said that SQL Server for Linux will offer “core relational database capabilities” including “transaction processing and data warehousing”.

The goal, Numoto wrote, is to let customers get started with their deployments. Once the product has landed, Microsoft plans to get customer feedback to help prioritise the additional capabilities of the new software.

Customers buying an SQL Server license will be able to use it on either Windows or Linux hosts, and that extends to customers with Software Assurance on existing SQL Server licenses as well.

When the software giant first let the world know about SQL Server for Linux, it also offered a finger to Oracle with the offer that Oracle customers could switch to SQL Server for free, an offer reiterated in Numoto's blog post on Friday.

Source: Microsoft.

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