Python, one of the most popular languages for data science with a rich ecosystem of powerful libraries, is now available in the Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.0 release of SQL Server 2017.
“The addition of Python builds on the foundation laid for R Services in SQL Server 2016 and extends that mechanism to include Python support for in-database analytics and machine learning,” the SQL Server Team writes. “We are renaming R Services to Machine Learning Services, and R and Python are two options under this feature.”
Also, the Resumable Online Index Rebuild is now available for public preview in the SQL Server vNext 2017 CTP 2.0 release. “With this feature, you can resume a paused index rebuild operation from where the rebuild operation was paused rather than having to restart the operation at the beginning,” the team writes.
SQL Server is already trusted by millions of customers for mission-critical workloads, and with graph extensions in SQL Server 2017, customers get the best of both relational and graph databases in a single product, including the ability to query across all data using a single platform, the team says.
Microsoft News Center Staff