What You’ll Love about the Next Release of SQL Server

The latest version of Microsoft SQL Server, dubbed SQL Server v.Next, is due out soon after being in public preview mode since last year. From the looks of things, there is plenty for IT departments to like about the latest release, including the ability to develop applications on Linux or Docker?EU?s container environment in addition to Windows.

That's a huge plus for clients in the enterprise space. Linux-based operating systems are some of the most popular environments for enterprise machines, with developers like Red Hat, Ubuntu and SUSE offering distributions designed specifically for enterprise applications and data centers.

SQL for Linux Systems

SQL Server on Linux will provide customers with greater flexibility, performance, security, while offering a lower total cost of ownership, according to Microsoft. SQL Server on Linux will also allow enterprise customers to access their data on-premises or in the cloud, depending on their needs.

"We're bringing the power of SQL Server to the operating system of choice for numerous enterprise applications and industries," Rohan Kumar, general manager, Database Systems Group at Microsoft, said in a post on the SUSE blog.

Microsoft first announced its intention to bring SQL to Linux in March when it launched the private preview of the new version. The company said that it's planning to make it publicly available sometime in the middle of this year.

But Linux distributors are not wasting any time getting in front of the release. Enterprise Linux distributor SUSE hosted a webinar today to introduce clients to the new version of SQL Server and explain how it will run in Linux enterprise server and container environments.

Better Enterprise Database Security

Increased data security will likely be a major feature for enterprise IT departments considering adopting the new SQL server. Gartner has rated Microsoft SQL Server the most secure operational database management...

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