Microsoft Announces SQL Server 2017, Launches Preview

Microsoft today announced the next version of SQL Server named as SQL Server 2017, at the Microsoft Data Amp event. The first production-quality preview of SQL Server 2017 is also released as Community Technical Preview (CTP) 2.0 that is available for both, Linux and Windows.
 
The CTP 2.0 Preview is provided with a lot of new capabilities that will help the developers bring more innovation to their projects, even when they are working on Linux device.
 
In the official blog, the company states,
 
“In this preview, we added a number of new capabilities, including the ability to run advanced analytics using Python in a parallelized and highly scalable way, the ability to store and analyze graph data, and other capabilities that help you manage SQL Server for high performance and uptime, including the Adaptive Query Processing family of intelligent database features and resumable online indexing.”
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Additionally, the company also revealed that the new SQL Server 2017 has made the world record in the TCP-H 1TB data warehousing workload, when running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and HPE Prolliant server hardware. With this revelation, the company simply depicted the high-performance feature of SQL Server 2017 and called SQL Server “the best database for your Mission Critical application and data warehouse workloads.”
 
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The Preview is now available for users to try on their choice of development and test environments. You can get detailed overview of what's new in SQL Server 2017 Preview at official blog, or read the release notes.
 
To learn more about security features of SQL Server 2017, you can go through this video.
 
Video Source: blogs.technet.microsoft.com