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  • Blog Post: AdventureWorks2012 Sample Databases on SQL Azure

    Do you need sample databases in the cloud for testing purposes? Do you want to experience the power of the SQL Azure platform? Well, nothing can be easier now with the new release of the AdventureWorks sample databases! The new, updated addition of the AdventureWorks2012 Full database to CodePlex contains...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Test Security Service Preview Available

    An interesting feature has been released to the SQL Azure Labs website, called SQL Azure Test Security Service. What it enables is you to assess the security state of one or all of the databases on your SQL Azure server. The service scans databases for security vulnerabilities and provides you a report...
  • Blog Post: Database Sharding in the Cloud: SQL Azure Federations

    I just had some time on my hands to try out the new Windows Azure feature called SQL Azure Federations. While it is not fully obvious from the name, SQL Azure Federation basically enables building elastic and scalable database tiers. Your application can now scale beyond a single SQL Azure database and...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure, OData on Windows Phone 7

    Nice blog post , explaining step-by-step on how to get SQL Azure , OData , and Windows Phone 7 working together. It shows how to expose SQL Azure data using the OData protocol and consume that data on a Windows Mobile Phone 7 device. Soo simple, yet so powerful. Technorati Tags: SQL Azure , OData , Windows...
  • Blog Post: High-level Overview of SQL Azure Benefits

    This video showcases the numerous benefits and usage scenarios of SQL Azure . It displays how SQL Azure services can be used to create and share cloud powered applications with lots of concrete examples. Definitely worth investing 5 minutes of you time …
  • Blog Post: 7 Things about the SQL Azure Reporting

    I just read thru this great blog post about the 7 things you have to know about SQL Reporting on the SQL Azure Team blog . Invest 5 minutes to see how we are moving our BI offerings to the cloud… expect more to follow! Technorati Tags: SQL Azure
  • Blog Post: Amazing Whitepaper about SQL Azure Architecture

    Were you wondering how SQL Azure architecture actually looks like ? If so then you have to check this whitepaper that explains every detail about the relational database that is part of Windows Azure Platform . Topics covered include the following: The Basics: What is SQL Azure, Subscriptions, … SQL...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices & Framework for SQL Azure Database Client Applications

    I just read through the article posted by SQL CAT , that covers the topic of how to write efficient SQL Azure Client Applications . The content is focused on proper usage of database connections (and queries) and retries associated with them in order to get the best possible experience while using the...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Your Data Into the SQL Azure Database

    Last week a new set of tools was released to support copying of the data to the SQL Azure databases. SSMA (SQL Server Migration Assistant) was updated to support Microsoft Access and MySQL Databases. To download the tools, visit the following sites: SSMA for Access v4.2 enables Access migration to SQL...
  • Blog Post: “Huston, we have a problem!” – Well not if you are on SQL Azure

    Online SQL Azure database management tool has finally reached CTP stage, so you can check it out and see what it provides. The bits, formerly known as Project Huston, are officially described as: “ Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” is a lightweight and easy to use database management tool for SQL...
  • Blog Post: Windows & SQL Azure updates announced at TechEd USA

    This week at TechEd North America some interesting announcements about Windows Azure and SQL Azure were made: SQL Azure Updates – Starting on June 28 th customers will be able to take advantage of a couple key updates to SQL Azure. Customers will be able to extend the size of a SQL Azure database from...
  • Blog Post: Playing around with OData in SQL Azure

    As you might have heard Microsoft has announced @MIX conference a new protocol for data sharing and exposure in a RESTful manner. It is called Open Data Protocol (OData for short), published under Microsoft Open Specification Promise (OSP) ,  and in case you need more information just visit the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sync Framework Power Pack for SQL Azure November CTP

    Are you searching for a tool that could synch your on-premise database with the SQL Azure, which is a relational database in the cloud provided as a service. Look no further - a Sync Framework Power Pack for SQL Azure is available!!! Overview of the CTP’s capabilities: “The Microsoft Sync Framework Power...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Resources Available on MSDN

    In case you would like to know more about SQL Azure database offering that is coming to the Azure platform, I would like to point out to you the new resources available on MSDN web site . For those who are not following Azure platform developments and features, here is a quick introduction into the data...
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