Microsoft announced the general availability of SQL Server 2017, now with support for Linux, at its Ignite conference in Orlando. The company first announced its plans for the newest iteration of its database software a year and a half ago.

This is the first version of SQL Server to run on Windows Server, Linux and Docker, noted Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, cloud and enterprise, at Microsoft.

“SQL Server 2017 enables in-database advanced machine learning with support for scalable Python and R-based analytics,” he pointed out, which means “you can train advanced models easily with data inside SQL Server without having to move data.”

SQL Server offers “mission-critical performance and security,” Guthrie said. It now has everything built in, including artificial intelligence, “on the platform of your choice.”

Adding Linux support to SQL Server is a manifestation of the “new” Microsoft, noted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

“They’ve become operating system-agnostic when it comes to their applications and some of their platforms,” he told LinuxInsider.

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