Thinking about a blockchain project? Here are 10 conditions you should meet before you start

So blockchains make sense for databases that are shared by multiple writers who don’t entirely trust each other, and who modify that database directly. But that’s still not enough. Blockchains truly shine where there is some interaction between the transactions created by these writers.

— Avoiding the pointless blockchain project | MultiChain

This article has some of the best thinking I’ve seen about how to figure out what to do with blockchain. Blockchain all the things really isn’t a good idea here. This is a complex set of technologies that have any number of useful applications, but, like any tool, it needs to used properly.

Microsoft ports SQL Server to Linux

The new Microsoft has placed an increased importance on the cloud, and with other companies following suit, reliance on server solutions has increased.  Today the company announces that it is bringing SQL Server to Linux.

Both cloud and on-premises versions will be available, and the news has been welcomed by the likes of Red Hat and Canonical. Although the Linux port of SQL Server is not due to make an appearance until the middle of next year, a private preview version is being made available to testers from today.

Microsoft brings SQL Server to Linux | BetaNews

This is a big deal, even though it isn’t open source. It is Microsoft acknowledging the increasing dominance of Linux in the data center.