Quentin Clark, Vice President for SQL Server, delivered a session after the TechEd keynote yesterday about the future of SQL Server for data and BI and moving towards the cloud in the upcoming “Denali” release. 

There was a great demo by Roger Doherty that illustrates how well SQL Azure and SQL Server work together by making it much easier to move back and forth between on-premises and cloud utilizing improvements in the DAC Framework. 

Additionally, new developer tools in “Denali”, specifically SQL Server Developer Tools Codename “Juneau”, provided a central point for developers to create database applications.  Database edition and cloud-aware – “Juneau” provides the one tool for any SQL Server or SQL Azure development. 

I encourage you to watch it in its entirety.  However, if you want to skip ahead the SQL Azure demo starts at the 23:00 mark

-Steve