What CIOs need to know about SQL Server 2016

Every release of SQL Server promises increased performance, better security and improved business intelligence. You get all of that with SQL Server 2016, plus other strategic options such as cloud integration and Linux support.

With SQL Server 2005 now out of support, if you haven’t already started migrating your older databases onto a newer, supported release to stay in compliance with regulations like PCI DSS, that’s now urgent.

But even if you don’t have an urgent need to migrate, there are several reasons why you may want to consider SQL Server 2016.

The new security options will be significant for many businesses. Integration with Azure gives businesses a new approach for both availability and bursting performance to the cloud. And Power BI is an option today that will become a key part of SQL Server reporting in the future. Plus, this is the version that Microsoft will be bringing to Linux, giving you a new option for moving off Oracle.

“Microsoft is hitting the right notes when it comes to features in the latest database release such as in-memory, cloud, scale, hybrid platform, simplified BI, improved security and extreme performance,” says Forrester Research analyst Noel Yuhanna. “All of these are what customers are demanding, plus Microsoft is also innovating in the hybrid cloud platform. This release is more than just an incremental improvement.”

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