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SQL Azure at a Glance

SQL Azure at a Glance

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In this quick 10 minute video, you’ll get a quick overview and good understanding of the flexibility of the SQL Azure services. The power behind SQL Azure is how it can be used to create many new cloud-based applications, and also extend the reach of data with hybrid applications that connect both to the cloud and on premises databases. In this video, I’ll explain SQL Azure architecture in more detail. I will also cover the business intelligence functionality of SQL Azure Reporting, as well as talk to SQL Azure’s data collaboration capabilities through Data Sync.

We’ll walk through several example SQL Azure usage scenarios, such as powering web experiences, extending on-premises applications and data to the cloud, and supporting departmental applications. It’s critical to understand just how available, scalable, and reliable your data now is on SQL Azure—and can be accessed from anywhere via the internet. 

After checking out this video, visit Sqlazure.com for more information and for additional resources.


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  • Can the GUI Version of SQL be used with Azure.  Myself and friends from Europe would like to know.  Inquiring minds are eager to learn.  Thanks.  Check me out on Facebook

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  • Hi, @Sondia: By “GUI version of SQL” I’m presuming you mean SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) that ships with SQL Server and is also available with SQL Server Express.  The answer is definitely yes, all you have to do is provide the full server-name and SQL Azure username/password using SQL authentication when connecting to the database.  Presto!  And yes, I will check you out on Facebook.  -Steve

  • Hello!  The video says "database reads are completed at the primary node".  Is this always a fixed server/cluster in each business context, or can for example a user in Asia access a geographically closer node, and the same app being used in the US access a node in the US?  And are there costs associated with moving/replicating data between various nodes (secondaries, etc)?

  • very good

  • thanks!

  • Data encryption and securitry are concerns...  I have not reviewed all content yet however data encryption for sensitive data storage and whether replicating this data presents any challenges, and what may be some of the pit falls.  Also security features such as preventing SQL injection -- is it built-in to SQL Azure or primarily the responsibility of the developer/DBA.


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