SQL Server joins the Linux party, new preview comes to Linux and Docker

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In another round of news, Microsoft announced that SQL Server is coming to Linux and Docker in preview. Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Data Group, had plenty to say about the new SQL Server release:

"I am excited to announce the public preview of the next release of SQL Server which brings the power of SQL Server to both Windows – and for the first time ever – Linux. Now you can also develop applications with SQL Server on Linux, Docker, or macOS (via Docker) and then deploy to Linux, Windows, Docker, on-premises, or in the cloud. This represents a major step in our journey to making SQL Server the platform of choice across operating systems, development languages, data types, on-premises and the cloud. All major features of the relational database engine, including advanced features such as in-memory OLTP, in-memory columnstores, Transparent Data Encryption, Always Encrypted, and Row-Level Security now come to Linux.

Getting started is easier than ever. You’ll find native Linux installations (more info here) with familiar RPM and APT packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The public preview on Windows and Linux will be available on Azure Virtual Machines (coming soon) and as images available on Docker Hub, offering a quick and easy installation within minutes. The Windows download is available on the Technet Eval Center."

In other news, Microsoft also announced SQL Server SP1 (service pack 1), Azure Data Lake Analytics improvements, DocumentDB Emulator, and more. Check out the full post for all the details.

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