We are excited to announce that Microsoft SQL Server is now available on Ubuntu Pro in the Azure Marketplace. SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro combines the industry-leading performance and security of SQL Server, now available on both Linux and Windows, with comprehensive open-source security and Azure compliance from Ubuntu Pro.
SQL Server 2019 offers breakthrough scalability and performance to improve the stability and response times of your mission critical workloads. Get ten years of proven security leadership and stay more secure with built-in data protection, monitoring, and alerts, plus encryption at rest and in motion. Benefit from the flexibility to use the language and platform of your choice with our modern connectors and tools.
Deploying SQL Server in Azure VMs gives you access to unique offers available only in Azure that allow you run cost effectively and securely. Azure Hybrid Benefit enables you to save big on Azure by using existing on-premises SQL Server licenses with software assurance to run your workload in the cloud. Hybrid Benefit comes with 180 days of dual use rights, so that you can use the same license to run in Azure and on-premises while you migrate. Runing SQL Server in Azure also gets you free Extended Security Updates for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, and for SQL Server 2012 when it reaches end of support in July 2022.
Now for the first time in Azure, customers can combine all these SQL Server benefits with the benefits of running on Ubuntu Pro Linux. Ubuntu Pro for Azure is a premium image delivering the most comprehensive open-source security and Azure compliance. Ubuntu Pro for Azure has kernel Livepatch, meaning that kernel patches are delivered immediately without the need to reboot. Running on Ubuntu Pro gives you the option to get additional, enterprise-grade support from Canonical.
All this gives your SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro in Azure access to the enterprise grade security your mission-critical workloads need. On top of that, you can get joint support 24x7 from Microsoft and Canonical.
Get started with SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro
If you’re ready to get started, the best way to experience SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro is with one of our Azure Gallery images. Learn more about SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro and getting started with SQL Server on Linux using these resources: