The latest news us that Microsoft’s SQL server will be coming to Linux as of next year. For the first time in its history, Microsoft will be allowing its database server run on another Operating System other than its Windows. Rather than prioritizing its powerful database in its own operating system, the attempt would help give a wider range of exposure to the company’s database server. Since parts of Windows main priority sales lies with its window OS, the move could see a decrease in sales of the OS but go the Company’s CEO Satya Nadella who believes in the Service-first approach. “Data is the core asset now,”
“Our most strategic asset is not the server operating system.”
“This gives customers choice and reduces the concerns for lock-in.” Nadella explains to The New York Times.
The SQL Server is available in a “Preview” version on Linux today but the full release is planned out till the middle of next year 2017. IDC’s enterprise infrastructure vice President All Gillen narrated on Microsoft’s blog the main reasons for the move.
“This gives customers choice and reduces the concerns for lock-in,”
“We would expect this will also accelerate the overall adoption of SQL Server.”
Microsoft is up against other open source DBs and other common commercial options from tech firms like Oracle. Expanding outside of Linux, Microsoft’s chances becomes more competitive exactly with companies which are no longer able to write off SQL server since Windows licensing costs or a preference for Linux will always be a major issue .
Another main advantage which Microsoft had always had are the Enterprise software although PC shipments falls worldwide.
Nadella explains further that he will bear the risk of Window’s market share if it means taking a bigger presence elsewhere, and that’s probably the main reason for the move of the SQL server to the popular Operating System. Microsoft still tries dominating in the Database sides.