Today Microsoft announced plans to bring SQL Server to Linux, enabling SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud. The core relational database capabilities are in private preview starting today, with mid-2017 as the target for availability of core relational database capabilities.

“Bringing SQL Server to Linux is another way we are making our products and new innovations more accessible to a broader set of users and meeting them where they are,” wrote Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group.

For more on what IDC’s Al Gillen, Red Hat’s Paul Cormier, and Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth had to say about this news, check out The Official Microsoft Blog.