On Thursday, Microsoft announced SQL Server 2016 and a new offer to tempt Oracle's customers to make the switch.
At the company's Data Driven event in New York this week, Microsoft's President of North America Judson Althoff announced that Oracle database customers can now make the switch to SQL Server and receive the necessary licenses for free. However, there is a catch: in order to receive these SQL Server licenses, users must sign up for a Software Assurance subscription. With Microsoft's Software Assurance, customers must pay an annual fee in exchange for the rights to new software releases and support services. Customers must also have a Server and Cloud Enrollment license to qualify for the "free" offer. Microsoft noted that there is also a limited time offer attached to this migration; through June 30, 2016, Microsoft will offer free training and subsidized deployment services. According to Microsoft, Oracle customers could save up to $10 million over three years by switching to SQL Server.
Earlier this week, Microsoft took the lid off of SQL Server 2016 and announced its plan to bring SQL Server to Linux. "SQL Server on Linux will provide customers with even more flexibility in their data solution. One with mission-critical performance, industry-leading TCO, best-in-class security, and hybrid cloud innovations – like Stretch Database which lets customers access their data on-premises and in the cloud whenever they want at low cost – all built in," said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Group in a blog post on Monday. "We are bringing the core relational database capabilities to preview today, and are targeting availability in mid-2017." SQL Server 2016 will launch later this year.
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