The Connect(); 2016 developer conference heard an announcement about the new SQL Server release – SQL Server vNext – on Linux! Left to right: Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin, Microsoft Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie and GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath.
1. A preview version of the next SQL Server was released
It goes by the name SQL Server vNext and can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Evaluation Center .
One of the exciting features of SQL Server vNext is it can run on Linux . At the moment, it’s available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu Linux and Microsoft promised that Suse Linux Enterprise Server will be supported as well.
You can find a detailed list of all the new features in the next version of SQL Server over at MSDN .
2. Service Pack for SQL Server 2016
But you don’t have to wait to the next version of SQL Server to get new functionality.
Microsoft also released a new Service Pack for the current version of SQL Server: Service Pack 1 (SP1). The new service pack gives developers a consistent set of features across the different editions; Express, Standard and Enterprise.
This means that developers, for instance, can build applications using in-memory OLTP (Online Transaction Processing), test it on an Express-version and use the same code on an Enterprise-version.
There’s a long list of new features in SQL Server 2016 SP1 which you can see at MSDN .
3. Hell freezes over, fake news or …?
A few years ago an announcement such as SQL Server for Linux would have happened on April Fools’ Day, but now it is a new reality. Therefore, it was probably not such a big surprise that Microsoft also announced the Redmond-based software giant is joining The Linux Foundation. It still rings strangely in my ears, but it is, however, true. Just a reflection of the changing landscape of the development environment.
There’s more highlights from Connect(); 2016 in my earlier blog post ‘5 highlights you missed at Microsoft Connect(); 2016‘. To ensure you don’t miss future posts and reports please sign-up to the Curo Bulletin below.
 Download newest versions of SQL Server https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/evaluate-sql-server-vnext-ctp
 SQL Server on Linux https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2016/11/16/announcing-sql-server-on-linux-public-preview-first-preview-of-next-release-of-sql-server/
 Features in SQL Server vNext https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/mt788653(SQL.130).aspx
 Features in SQL Server 2016 SP1:
Credits: Photos courtesy of Microsoft Corporation