Microsoft wakes up, stretches, remembers: Oh yeah, we do Windows too. And lo, SQL Server 2019 Windows-based container emerges


Brave souls in the Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Early Adoption Program can now have Windows-based container images of venerable database software in their hands. Previously, images of Linux-based containers were available.

It has taken a while to get here. First there was SQL Server 2017 that could run on Linux natively and in containers, as well as, of course, on Windows. With the SQL Server 2019 Preview last year, the Windows giant tried to make the use of Linux containers in the database software less an exercise in adhesive tape and breakage.

As such, the gang made SQL Server 2019 available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a Red Hat certified container image, and Ubuntu-based container images trotted. Linux-based container images appeared in the Microsoft Container Registry, and the SQL Server operator for Kubernetes also appeared.

Once SQL Server 2019 enters general availability, an administrator can deploy those Linux containers in OpenShift, packed with support from Microsoft and Red Hat's best friends. After all, Azure Prime Minister Gabe Monroy told us that "Red Hat has been at the center of the Kubernetes revolution."

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However, in the midst of Penguin-based emotion, Microsoft spoke less on the arrival date of a Windows-based image of SQL Server 2019.

Windows Server containers appeared in preview form in Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in May, which entails the risk of an exercise of marking of elevation and change box.

Regarding the Windows-based container of SQL Server 2019 In the images, Microsoft considers the technology to be useful in CI / CD situations where a new instance of SQL Server may be required on demand to create and test and then it stopped when it was not necessary, avoiding the continuous use of expensive CPU, memory or storage.

The gang has also trotted the usual justifications. used for containers: engineers do not have to worry about the implementation and installation of instances of SQL Server. Simply start a standardized container image.

The preview comes just one week before Microsoft must disconnect Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. On July 9, the doors of the SQL Server of the last decade will be closed. ®

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