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By | Richard Chirgwin 21st March 2016 05:03

Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

Be patient: first code won't land until 2017

The slow reveal that is Microsoft's SQL-Server-on-Linux strategy has taken a small step forward, with Redmond pressing “publish” on a blog post discussing SQL strategy.

Microsoft has also promised to ship SQL Server 2016 during this calendar year, having recently and quietly popped out the first release candidate (in which “the core database is feature complete”).

The post, here, says SQL Server for Linux will land mid-year 2017.

Redmond first started showing off private early-stage versions of SQL Server for Linux early this month.

At launch, author Takeshi Numoto says, SQL Server for Linux will offer “core relational database capabilities” including “transaction processing and data warehousing”. The aim, Numoto writes, is to let customers get started with their deployments.

Once the product's landed, Microsoft plans to get customer feedback to help “prioritise the additional capabilities”.

Customers buying an SQL Server license will be able to use it on either Windows or Linux hosts, and that extends to customers with Software Assurance on existing SQL Server licenses.

When Redmond first let the world know about SQL Server for Linux, it also offered a finger to Oracle with the offer that Oracle customers could switch to SQL Server for free, an offer reiterated in Numoto's blog post. ®

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