Microsoft cancels plans to ship SQL Server on Home windows Containers

Microsoft has “suspended” its SQL Server on Home windows Containers mission, as introduced in a brief weblog publish on July 5. Microsoft is advising these serious about operating SQL Server in containers to go the Linux route as a substitute.

Microsoft officers attributed the choice to droop the SQL Server on Home windows Containers beta program “for the foreseeable future” to “the prevailing ecosystem challenges and utilization patterns.” In brief, folks weren’t utilizing it, even in check and improvement — which is the one means it has been supported since its begin in 2017. Microsoft introduced SQL Server 2017, obtainable for each Home windows and Linux, at the moment.

The choice to drop SQL Server on Home windows Containers is not all that shocking, given there’s seemingly pretty restricted uptake for enterprise software program for Home windows operating in containers on Home windows. “Containers” on Home windows are extra relevant when used for functions comparable to safety sandboxes or virtualization.

Microsoft officers mentioned they’re deleting the SQL Server Home windows repos and pictures efficient instantly in order that no new customers or prospects obtain them. Present customers who’re working with the beta will have the ability to proceed utilizing it and to customized construct their SQL Server on Home windows photographs, officers mentioned.

Microsoft plans to proceed to assist SQL Server on Linux containers for manufacturing environments, in accordance with the corporate’s publish.

Microsoft not too long ago introduced plans to allow customers to run Azure SQL Managed Occasion — a cloud model of SQL Server — on non-Azure clouds, and even on-premises. This Arc-enabled Azure SQL functionality will likely be usually obtainable and production-ready on July thirtieth, 2021.