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Microsoft Frees Its SQL Server to Run on Linux

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Microsoft announced SQL Server availability on Linux OS

The battle between Microsoft (MSFT) and Oracle (ORCL) in the database market continues to intensify. Recently, Microsoft made an important announcement about making its SQL Server database available on Linux OS (operating system) by mid-2017.

Before this announcement, the SQL Server database was available only on Windows OS. Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president, stated, “We are bringing the core relational database capabilities to preview today, and are targeting availability in mid-2017.”

Created in 1991, Linux is an OS that is free to use for everyone. SQL Server database is Microsoft’s enterprise database platform that stores, retrieves, and interprets huge information data sets.

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Microsoft’s SQL server will only run on Linux

Microsoft is not making SQL Server’s code open source. It’s only making its SQL server run on Linux. According to a Cowen & Co. IT (information technology) spending survey in mid-2015, and as the above chart shows, database alternatives that were most evaluated when deploying new applications included Microsoft SQL Server (63%), Oracle (51%), SAP HANA (38%), and IBM DB2 (26%).

Later in the series, we’ll discuss how this news impacts Microsoft and the enterprise software space on a broader level.

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