Azure: SQL Server 2017 now available on both Linux and Windows

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SQL Server 2017 is now available within Azure – ready and prepared on both Linux and Windows virtual machines.

Deploying SQL Server within Azure VMs combines the industry-leading performance and security, built-in artificial intelligence, and business intelligence of SQL Server, now available on both Linux and Windows, with the flexibility, security, and hybrid connectivity of Azure.

What’s new: SQL Server 2017

SQL Server 2017 is the first SQL Server release available on Linux, in addition to Windows, meaning that you have the choice of running SQL Server on virtual machines based on Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Enterprise Linux Server, or Ubuntu. SQL Server 2017 also provides new capabilities, including graph data management and analysis, Adaptive Query Processing, and advanced intelligence built-in with Python and R analytics plus native scoring in t-SQL.

SQL Server 2017

New images published today are for standalone SQL Server 2017 instances. Images are available for all editions of Windows Server 2016 as well as on all the Linux distributions supported by SQL Server 2017: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4, SUSE Enterprise Linux 12 SP3, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Editions include:

  • SQL Developer – Free full edition of SQL Server for development and testing (not for production)
  • SQL Express – Entry level free database for lightweight workloads (1 GB memory, 10 GB storage)
  • SQL Web – Low-cost database for small to medium-size web applications
  • SQL Standard – Core database capabilities for medium-size workloads
  • SQL Enterprise – Full edition of SQL Server with comprehensive capabilities for mission-critical or large transactional processing, data warehousing, and business intelligence workloads

Why run SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machine

Advantages of running SQL Server in Azure include:

  • Cloud flexibility – Setup and manage your SQL Server deployments in minutes, and then scale up or down on the fly
  • Tuned for performance – Meet your toughest demands with virtual machines optimized by the team that built SQL Server
  • Hybrid connectivity – Get the most out of your on-premises investments, and take advantage of all that Azure offers
  • Highly-secured and trusted – Protect your entire data estate with a highly-secured database on the most compliant cloud

Why run Azure

Recent Azure enhancements

Latest versions of the most popular VM sizes (DS, ES, GS, and MS) include options which constrain the vCPU count to one-half or one-quarter of the original VM size, while maintaining the same memory, storage, and I/O bandwidth. The licensing charged for SQL Server will be constrained to the new vCPU count, resulting in a 50% to 75% increase in the ratio of the VM specs to active (billable) vCPUs while allowing workloads to maximize usage of available vCPU.

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Also, environments within Azure can now build increased resiliency by using availability zones. Availability zones are a step forward in providing solutions to support the most demanding, mission-critical workloads.

Real-Life example

A client running SQL Server 2017 in production on Azure Virtual Machines where their SQL Server database is located on a Linux-based VM’s have seen huge performance enhancements in their financial reporting and analytics platform (previously ran open source software on competitor cloud). They were seeing the software performance slow down as the company grew and complexity increased. By moving to SQL Server running on Azure virtual machines, they were able to reduce query response time from 30 seconds to 1-2 seconds and cut management time by 90 percent.


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