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The next version of SQL Server (for now, code-named “vNEXT”) and the much-anticipated Linux port is now available for private preview. Additionally, Azure Data Lake, which has been previewed over the past year, is now generally available.


  • Analyzes the completeness of the much-anticipated SQL Server for Linux

Features and Benefits

  • Reviews the feature-readiness of SQL Server 2016
  • Assesses the first release of Azure Data Lake

Key questions answered

  • Is SQL Server for Linux a full version of the database?
  • What related enhancements have been made to SQL Server and Microsoft Azure data platforms?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • SQL Server on Linux is the real thing
  • Azure Data Lake hits prime time
  • Enhancements widen access to SQL Server and Microsoft Azure data platforms


  • Further reading
  • Author

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