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Windows Azure is a cloud operating system. What does that mean?

Watch Mark Russinovich is a Technical Fellow working on the Windows Azure team

Q: How does SQL Azure differ from competitors?

A: See this article of SQL Azure architecture

This week I have listed a few security questions for SQL Azure:

  • Q: Can my SQL queries be encrypted between client and server

A: All communications between SQL Azure Database and your application require encryption (SSL) at all times

  • Q: Can I use a firewall with SQL Azure?

A: SQL Azure maintains a firewall for the SQL Azure servers, preventing anyone from connecting to your server if you do not give their client IP address access(Video: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlazure/archive/2010/06/09/10021739.aspx)

  • Q: What do I need to do make SQL Azure queries accessible outside my organization

A: The customer should allow outbound TCP/1433 traffic to SQL Azure