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Microsoft’s Cloud Guidance Addresses SQL Server

by Harry Brumleve on  Feb 21, 2013

Microsoft's guidance on how to deploy a SQL solution in Azure addresses many concerns such as service level agreements, maintenance, and scalability. Additionally, a framework is offered which helps developers make this decision based upon their solution's specific needs.

Windows Azure Management Portal with Localization, Database and VM Enhancements

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 27, 2012

Microsoft recently released several enhancements to Windows Azure Management Portal with support for 6 additional languages, database improvements and enhancements for virtual machines and networking including support for operation logs.

Windows Azure Gets Node.js, SQL Azure Federation, Increased DB Limits

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Dec 14, 2011

Windows Azure team announced major updates including support for Node.js, better scalability for SQL Azure through Federation and higher individual DB Size limits (upto 150 GB), a limited preview for Hadoop and more.

SQL Azure To Get Higher DB Size Limit, Federation

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Oct 21, 2011

At SQL PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft announced a number of upcoming improvements to SQL Azure including larger databases, Federation, improved management portal, better collation support and more; all to be available by the end of 2011.

Sync Framework Breaks Platform Barriers

by Jenni Konrad, Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 22, 2011

Sync Framework Toolkit builds on the Sync Framework 2.1 and uses OData to sync with any platform or client, including Windows Phone 7, Silverlight, Windows Mobile, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android devices, and any browser using HTML5.

Microsoft Virtual Academy on Cloud Computing

by Abel Avram on  Apr 19, 2011

Microsoft has opened a free online virtual academy for students interested in learning and graduating in Microsoft Cloud Computing technologies.

Partitioning and Sharding Options for SQL Server and SQL Azure

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 14, 2011 1

Horizontal partitioning and sharding are important tools for developers working with extremely large datasets. We take a brief look at what’s available in SQL Server and what’s coming down the road.

Preview of SQL Azure Federations Connectivity Model

by James Vastbinder on  Jan 21, 2011

Earlier this week Cihan Biyikoglu of Microsoft provided a preview of how developers will need to adapt their code for the upcoming SQL Azure Federations to supports its connectivity model. The intent is to provide a safe model for developers to work with federated data and/or multi-tenant applications.

Whitepaper Released: Sharding with SQL Azure

by James Vastbinder on  Dec 14, 2010

Yesterday Microsoft released a new whitepaper providing guidance on sharding with SQL Azure written by Michael Heydt and Michael Thomassy. The intent of the whitepaper is to deliver guidance on how to architect an application that requires elasticity and fluidity of resources at the data layer over time.

SQL Azure Achitecture - Competitive Differentiation

by James Vastbinder on  Nov 26, 2010

Two weeks back Kalen Delaney published a whitepaper on SQL Azure internals focused on how SQL Azure achieves scalability and high availability. A foundation feature which differentiates SQL Azure from its competitors is the multi-tenant architecture upon which it has been built.

Migrating from MySQL/Access to SQL Server/Azure with SSMA

by Abel Avram on  Aug 17, 2010

Microsoft has released the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL 1.0, and has refreshed SSMA for Oracle v4.2, SSMA for Sybase v4.2, and SSMA for Access v4.2. These toolkits helps customers migrating their MySQL/Oracle/Sybase/Access databases to SQL Server and some even to SQL Azure.

Microsoft is Planning to Allow Private Installations of Windows and SQL Azure

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 13, 2010 1

Along with partners HP, Dell, and Fujitsu, Microsoft is offering private installations of Windows Azure. The product will be offered in appliance format, meaning Microsoft will be selling the hardware and software as a bundle. While no pricing is set, the target audience is customers like eBay who can afford at least one thousand servers.

Microsoft Announced New Features for Windows Azure During TechEd 2010

by Abel Avram on  Jun 11, 2010

Microsoft announced Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 1.2 (June 2010) at TechEd 2010. Some of the most important features are: .NET 4 support, support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM, and IntelliTrace debugging. Microsoft also announced a billing plan for Azure CDN, and new options for SQL Azure.

SQL Azure Unveils New Features and a Prototype Lab

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 31, 2010

SQL Azure will be rolling out new features over the next few months including MARS support, spatial data, and a 50 GB option. Also available is SQL Azure Labs, where previews of possible enhancements like OData Services will be showcased.

Microsoft is Making a Play for MySQL Users

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 19, 2010

Microsoft has released its first community tech preview for a MySQL to SQL Server migration tool. This tool supports SQL Server 2005, 2008, and Azure.

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