No doubt, 2016 was one of the best years for Microsoft IT shops. New products were released, from SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 to Windows Server 2016, which brought revolutionary features.
This year, with data increasingly being at the heart of modern businesses, and the many innovations impacting database management systems, the world of data management will become much more complex, diverse and challenging than it was last year, and a few years ago.
Let’s look at the trends that will shape the course of SQL Servers:
Linux and Open Source
SQL Server on Linux was once a big joke in the world of database management, but now it has been widely accepted. In fact, Microsoft’s next public SQL Server release, vNext, includes support for running the database on Linux.
This year, Microsoft plans to release vNext for enterprise Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise, and they will expand the features in time. With more features, experts like DBA Services say businesses and database managers must conduct regular SQL performance tuning services, however.
Businesses are processing more data and larger data sets – but they also demand faster, delay-free database performance.
This is why in 2017, there will be a widespread usage of flash storage, which helps improve application performance. Flash storage is also more reliable and provides better performance compared to traditional spinning disks.
Increased Connectivity to the IoT
So what’s behind the data growth? Businesses are moving more of their data online through smart mobile devices. More ‘things’ are being connected to the Internet of Things, producing collected and tracked data streams.
The explosion of data on social media tracked for marketing purposes has also contributed to the significant increase of big data.
Overall, it’s safe to say that 2017 will be the year that large numbers will start changing the SQL world. And businesses need to buckle up for the ride.