Azure: Ubuntu Pro supports Microsoft SQL Server

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Ubuntu Pro 20.04 LTS (“Focal Fossa”) now offers a according to the provider “extremely powerful“Support for the Microsoft SQL Server database management system on the Azure cloud service. Microsoft and the British Linux distributor Canonical have announced this in a joint press release.

Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and 2019 for Ubuntu Pro

On the official Ubuntu blog is it[called:”Canonical worked with Microsoft to bring a high-performance, fully-supported SQL Server solution based on the Ubuntu Pro 20.04 LTS operating system.“With this, customers can use Microsoft Azure”fully supported instances of Microsoft SQL Server 2017 or Microsoft SQL Server 2019” start. In addition to Ubuntu Pro 20.04 LTS (“Focal Fossa”), its predecessor Ubuntu Pro 18.04 LTS (“Bionic Beaver”) is fully supported.

Our customers need ways to run demanding and mission-critical data workloads on Ubuntu. This need is fully covered with Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro and Microsoft Azure. This solution is a logical extension of our ongoing collaboration with Microsoft.

Alex Gallagher, VP Cloud Alliances at Canonical

The support of Ubuntu Pro on Azure covers Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and 2019 in the web, standard and enterprise editions. Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro uses this XFS file system with Direct I / O and the hard disk cache Forced Unit Access (FUA), which for a “more reliable synchronization with the underlying NVMe SSD storage media“Should take care of, so Canonical.

PMEM and high availability cluster

In addition, SQL Server takes advantage of persistent storage (PMEM) when it is available. Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro also offers support for high availability scenarios through the Corosync Cluster Engine and Pacemaker with a special fencing agent for Azure.

Ubuntu Pro is the professional offshoot of the Linux distribution Ubuntu and is specially designed for cloud operation with AWS, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud. In addition to live patches (also for the kernel), the enterprise operating system receives maintenance updates for up to 10 years.

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