The computer software giant Microsoft announced that in the nearest future it will release its SQL database's core engine for the open-source operating system. The completely new SQL Server on Linux will be released by Microsoft in full by mid-2017. This release is the most significant one Microsoft has ever done and comes with some fantastic new features.
This is an enormously important decision for Microsoft, allowing it to offer its well-known and trusted database to an expanded set of customers.
SQL Server on Linux is another way to make SQL Server and new innovations more accessible to a broader set of users. With new SQL Server Edition all customers will receive 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.
In April Microsoft sent out a survey regarding Sql Server on Linux. It showed that the most requested platforms are Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Docker. Also SQL Authentication, Active Directory, and Windows Integrated Authentication are the most used mechanisms for authenticating applications and users to databases. Microsoft is promising to enable all of these.
They also published another survey with some questions about preview workloads and requirements for highly available solutions.
Slava Oks and Tobias Ternstrom from the SQL Server team were recently featured in a SQL Server on Linux Sneak Peak video. You can check this video out to hear the latest from the engineering team and to see the preview bits in action