This is a great time to have tools to do data analysis. Microsoft is now allowing evaluations of its new SQL Server. This new SQL Server can now be deployed to a Linux OS environment. This is big news especially for those that have followed this blog through the years.
The new SQL Server version is also carries new analytic tools such as R. From this Techcrunch announcement
The new version of SQL Server will include improved support for R Services and a number of new machine learning and deep neural networking features.
These are exciting times in deed. I hope Microsoft continues this path to bringing new tools to the market.