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Porting Microsoft SQL Server to Linux

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

So why didn’t Microsoft take SQL Server to *nix?  On one occasion a partner commitment that might have made it viable failed to materialize.  On another occasion I initiated the investigation on the basis of a partner request but then decided it was a bad idea.  Here is why:

There are five things you have to consider when evaluating if Microsoft should take SQL Server to *nix:

  1. What exactly is the product offering you intend to bring to *nix, does it have a real market there, and can you position the offering to succeed?
  2. What is the impact of going multi-platform on the product family, engineering methodology, organization, and partner engineering organizations?
  3. What is the business model, including how do you partner, market, and (very importantly) sell into the Enterprise *nix world when you are a company that has no expertise in doing so?
  4. How do you provide Enterprise-class service for SQL Server when it is running on a platform that your services organization has no expertise with?
  5. What is the negative business impact on with entire Windows platform associated with making a key member of the server product family available on *nix?

via Porting Microsoft SQL Server to Linux | Hal’s (Im)Perfect Vision.

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Dennis Ritchie RIP

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment
NEWS

Dennis Ritchie, creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system, has died aged 70.

Dennis Ritchie, father of Unix and C, dies | Business of IT | ZDNet UK