A couple of years ago this would have been unthinkable, but in the near future, Microsoft will be bringing SQL server to Linux. It’s available right now in the form of a preview with a full release planned for mid-2017.
Up to now, SQL Server has been a dedicated Microsoft product but Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive Vice President of its cloud and enterprise group, has announced in a post that it’s time to open that up to Linux.
Over the past few years under new(ish) CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft have been becoming increasingly more open and flexible. Open source and open services are far more the name of the game than in previous years.
This announcement also shows that Microsoft are keen for SQL Server to remain relevant. For this to happen, it has to be available on more platforms where it can mix it with the likes of competing products such as MySQL, PostgreSQL and MariaDB. Microsoft already runs Linux in it’s cloud and recently announced a major partnership with Red Hat, further confirming their acceptance of hybrid deployments.
Source: Microsoft blog