Free supported Java turns up in latest SQL Server 2019 preview

Microsoft will include free support for Java with SQL Server 2019 in a move that involves a bit of shadow in the Oracle archirival.

Java in SQL Server is nothing new, the language can be found lurking in several places around the product, including the interoperability layers used by the company's data virtualization technology.

With the arrival of Apache Spark and HDFS in a public preview of Big Data Clusters in the 2019 edition of the database server, Java has become progressively more important component.

However, so far, SQL Server has adopted a "bring your own Java" approach, with customers choosing their own runtime. Usually, this would be something like Java OpenJDK or Java SE.

OpenJDK lacks a support provider, according to Microsoft (something that might surprise the likes of Red Hat, which has promised support for OpenJDK 8 until 2023 for its customers) and The scenario of Oracle having to help a customer SQL Server is a bit awkward when it comes to the Windows giant.

And, of course, the old and friendly Big Red is in the process of eliminating free support for Oracle Java SE in the favor of something that will keep Larry's yachts for a while longer.

Microsoft responded with a Zulu open source Java package from Azul Systems embedded with the 2019 server. In Azure clients, and generosity has now been extended to SQL Server.

As part of the agreement, Azul Systems will also provide security patches that will be included in Microsoft SQL Server cumulative updates at least once arter.

Naturally, customers can still choose Oracle for their satisfaction with Java if they have to, but the fact of sharing and worrying about Microsoft is quick: "Oracle wants you to pay for your Java support. Just enough, but Microsoft wants to give our customers a better alternative. "

Azul Systems has bothered most of the $ 177.7m investment since its founding in 2002, reaching agreements with Microsoft for Zulu Embedded in Windows 10 IoT also as Azure and now SQL Server 2019.®

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