The decision to bring SQL Server 2016 to Linux has grabbed headlines recently, but Microsoft has also announced a host of new capabilities to lure businesses to the latest version of its database platform. This includes improvements to security, advanced analytics and the ability to move data into the Azure cloud.
Microsoft has also been intent on wooing customers from Oracle, offering free licences to Software Assurance customers.
SQL Server 2016 went into public preview last summer, recently releasing its third release candidate (RC) version – meaning its features are close to being final. In a statement Microsoft said that “there will be a final RTM [release to manufacturing edition] coming soon and the product will be generally available in the summer of 2016”. ComputerworldUK spoke to Microsoft’s Tiffany Wissner, senior director of Data Platform Marketing, about why businesses should be considering an upgrade to SQL Server 2016.
Source : ComputerworldUK