On Monday, Microsoft took a decision to deliver a preview datbase capabilities and announced their plans to make the system available in mid-2017, where the company made it clear that it’s putting one of its main products on Linux for the first time, means by taking a step towards moving beyond Windows operating system, ahead of the SQL Server 2016 event in New York.
The aforementioned actually speaks that Microsoft is officially brinnging SQL Server to Linux, which is now available in the form of an early private preview, with full launch planned. Selling a version of its database software to run on the open-source operating system.
Until now it has only sold the product, SQL Server, to run on Windows, reflecting the tight integration Microsoft has traditionally used to protect revenues from its own OS, which would be for the first time, putting one of its main products on Linux. As Microsoft’s executive vice president of its cloud and enterprise group, writes that the company has decided that it’s time to bring it to Linux as well.
“SQL Server on Linux will provide customers with even more flexibility in their data solution,” Guthrie writes. “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.”
However, Mr Nadella said the change is strategy would give Microsoft a try at the much bigger part of the database market that actually won’t run on Windows, and denied that it would lead to a “cannibalisation” of Microsoft’s operating system as customers opted for Linux instead.
While Scott Guthrie, the executive in charge of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, indicated that it would price the software in line with what it charges on Windows, a level he said would be “disruptive” to other database companies. If you get this, Microsoft says it currently uses the SQL Server 2016 database to power more than 1.4 million SQL databases in its Azure Clod. Where SQL Server 2016 is currently available as a public preview, will become generally available later this year.
Although Microsoft’s software was still likely to be much cheaper, Oracle discounts often mean its customers pay significantly less than the list price. With today’s announcement, it fits into Microsoft’s overall empesis on hybrid deployments. It already runs Linux in its Cloud and recently announced a major partnership with Red Hat as though.
If Microsoft wants SQL Server to remain relevant, it defenitely needs to bring it to more platforms – including those that is previously regarded as competitors. On Linux, MySQL products like MariaDB and PostgreSQL are also vying for a very similar slice of the market, afterall.