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Organizations are looking to the future as they consider their adoption of cloud and newer tech. Microsoft SQL Server has been supported by Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® since 2017, and together the solutions make a relational database management system that provides a scalable foundation and a consistent application experience across bare-metal, virtual machine, container, and hybrid cloud environments. Staying current on the latest versions not only provides extra security and alignment with the newest technology trends, but data managers reap the benefits of faster performance for varying workloads.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers a scalable, cost-effective foundation designed for flexibility and performance, on-premise or in the cloud. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, IT purchasers reduce reliance on a single vendor, database administrators get a solution they already know and trust, and system administrators get reliability, performance and security. A consistent application experience works across bare-metal, virtual machine, container, and hybrid cloud environments, and included analytics capabilities identify threats and provide remediation guidance.

Learn about what the versatility of Linux, the scalability and reliability of cloud services, and the power of SQL Server databases can do to help enterprises keep up in a data-driven economy.

Organizations have the opportunity to choose a flexible operating system to manage workloads as older versions of SQL Server reach end of life. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you can migrate to new hardware or the cloud of your choice with the latest version of the SQL Server database that is known and trusted. Your update should address the following challenges. 

Disparate workloads. Traditional infrastructure and operations can limit application performance and business agility. Legacy operating systems can also introduce inconsistencies between on-premise and cloud deployments, making it difficult to meet security and compliance requirements.

High-performance needs. Speed and cost-savings rely on your server running at peak performance. This includes the ability to identify bottlenecks, fix issues, and simplify advanced tuning configurations

Security and availability. Even a minute of downtime can have a negative impact on your  business operations and outcomes, meaning you need SQL Server to be available without disruption. With various workloads, you also need a simple way to monitor security and make live kernel patches. 

Cloud-based environments where you can build once and deploy anywhere (on or off-premises and across private and public clouds) minimize disruption to your business. Red Hat Enterprise Linux enables a common experience across platforms and is certified for SQL Server.

Red Hat’s hardware and cloud services partners offer SQL Server on Red Hat solutions with full support. Eliminate vendor-lock in by acquiring your database, OS and cloud provider from different vendors, increasing your buying power and giving you more flexible support options.

From decision support (TPC-H) to analytical workloads, SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux consistently delivers superior performance results in several industry-leading performance benchmarks and is optimized to take advantage of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory. System Role for SQL Server simplifies advanced tuning configuration for both the Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel and SQL Server itself. 

Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) monitoring of SQL Server is available through a custom Grafana visualization dashboard. Integration of SQL Server with Red Hat Insights allows you to identify bottlenecks in SQL Server and fix identified issues. 

Get access to the security features of SQL Server and the hardened code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux also offers built-in security at the OS level so you don’t have to manage it separately for every workload, protecting against common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides business-critical uptime, fast failover, and improved manageability with Red Hat High-Availability Add-On, combined with high-availability features of SQL Server and backup tools to quickly recover in case of an unexpected failure. Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add-On offers a solid foundation for clustering and resource management. Your applications can get 24/7 availability by using automated database failover operations for SQL Server’s availability groups and failover cluster instances (FCI).

Based on more than 25 years of customer support experience and learnings from over 1,000,000 support cases, Red Hat Insights strengthens SQL Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux by providing regularly updated predictive operating system analytics and SQL Server-specific rules to quickly identify optimizations and proactively prevent system risks.

With your insights, you gain the ability to make smarter IT investments that allow solutions to evolve as the business gains customers, expands its workforce, and transforms for the future. 

Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers a variety of flexible subscription options with competitive pricing in leading cloud marketplaces. For on-premises hardware, Red Hat Enterprise Linux leads in all categories for lowest cost per transaction on SQL Server according to the TPC-H benchmark.

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