The Five Main SQL Server database trends to be prepared for in 2018


Here’s a list of notable trends related to SQL Server that IT teams should be ready for over the next 12 months. Among them: increased use of the cloud, AI, Linux and containers.


The pace of change in IT seems to accelerate every year, and that’s certainly the case for SQL Server. 2017 saw the release of SQL Server 2017, which followed on the heels of the 2016 version with added support for Linux, Python and more.
But there’s no time to relax: SQL Server database administrators need to be ready for a host of additional changes and new technologies in 2018. Let’s take a look at five major SQL Server database trends that database administrators (DBAs), developers and IT managers should be on top of as we head into the next 12 months.

Security threats and adoption of SQL Server 2016/2017. If it wasn’t already squarely a top priority for IT organizations, data security should have been pushed there by the recent rash of ransomware attacks, like Petya, and high-profile data breaches at companies such as Equifax, which exposed the personal data of as many as 143 million U.S. residents, and Uber, which allowed hackers to access 57 million user accounts.


SQL Server 2016 introduced several new security features, including Always Encrypted, row-level security and dynamic data masking, and SQL Server 2017 further boosted the database engine’s security capabilities with expanded administrative credentials and new configuration options for .NET common language runtime assemblies.