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SQL Azure Blog is moving to the Official Windows Azure Platform Team Blog
In an effort to make it easier for you to stay on top of the latest product releases, resources, tools and news around the Windows Azure platform, today, we’re excited to announce that the SQL Azure blog is moving into what will now be called the ‘Windows Azure Platform Team Blog’....
24 Jun 2011
MSDN Wiki Article: Q&A on Open Data Protocol (Odata)
MSDN has created a Q&A article on Odata (Open Data Protocol). OData applies web technologies such as HTTP, Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) and JSON to provide access to information from a variety of applications, services, and stores. As web development continues to move forward, learning about...
22 Jun 2011
Considerations When Building Database Schema with Federations in SQL Azure
Cihan Biyikoglu has written an interesting article on database schema when working with Federations. “With federations, you take parts of your schema and scale it out. With each federation in the root database, a subset of objects are scaled-out. You may create multiple federations because distribution...
20 Jun 2011
Troubleshooting and Optimizing Queries with SQL Azure
Dinakar Nethi has written an interesting TechNet Article about how the Dynamic Management Views that are available in SQL Azure and how they can be used for troubleshooting purposes. Take a look and get a feel for how easy it is to use SQL Azure. Click here for the TechNet article, “Troubleshooting...
15 Jun 2011
Video How To: Synchronize and Share Data
This walkthrough shows how to use SQL Azure Data Sync to provide bi-directional synchronization and data-management capabilities with on-premises and cloud databases. The video covers both the benefits and features of SQL Azure and explains how businesses can use SQL Azure Data Sync to share information...
13 Jun 2011
FAQ about Features of SQL Azure
We’ve been receiving questions about top on-going trends with regards to SQL Azure surrounding SQL Server limitations, and the access capabilities of co-administrators. Fortunately, the answers to both of these questions have been addressed in a MSDN article about SQL Server limitations , and a...
8 Jun 2011
Integrating SQL Azure with SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure
Steve Peschka wrote a great TechNet article a little while back about how to integrate SQL Azure services with Sharepoint 2010. He shares a few SQL Azure tips and tricks to get you more incorporated more quickly into new development projects. He provides detailed steps and instructions to how to...
6 Jun 2011
Video How-To: Creating Line of Business Applications using SQL Azure
This walkthrough explains how to easily create Line of Business (LOB) applications for the cloud by using Visual Studio LightSwitch and SQL Azure. The video highlights the benefits of Visual Studio LightSwitch and explains how you can quickly create powerful and interactive Silverlight applications with...
3 Jun 2011
Video How-To: Extending SQL Azure Data to Android and Other Platforms
This video demonstrates how easy it is to extend, share, and integrate SQL Azure data with mobile and heterogeneous applications using other programming platforms via an OData service. The video shows how easy it is to expose data by creating an OData service and how a variety of different...
1 Jun 2011
Video How-To: Extending SQL Azure to Microsoft Applications
This walkthrough demonstrates how easy it is to extend, share, and integrate SQL Azure data with Microsoft applications via an OData service. The video starts by reviewing the benefits of using SQL Azure, then goes on to show you how to enable cloud application to expose the data via an OData service...
30 May 2011
Introducing OData: Data Access for the Web, Cloud, Devices, and More
David Chappell recently completed a whitepaper on OData that I encourage you to take a look at. You can view it here , or download a PDF version. David does an outstanding job providing an overview of OData, the problems it solves, practical usage scenarios, and a look at the protocol itself. ...
27 May 2011
SQL Azure Federations: Product Evaluation Program Now Open for Nominations!
Cihan Biyikoglu, Senior Program Manager of SQL Azure, has posted information on the Microsoft SQL Azure Federations Product Evaluation Program. Nominations for the Microsoft SQL Azure Federations Product Evaluation Program are now open. To learn more and discover how you can get involved, I encourage...
26 May 2011
TechEd 2011 Highlights: Highlighted Articles on TechEd 2011
TechEd wound to a close last Friday. Our engineering leaders put together some great demos and presentations that help developers take advantage of cloud data with SQL Azure, as well as preview what’s coming next on the roadmap. The blogosphere has been very active with articles from people who...
25 May 2011
Real World SQL Azure: Interview with Kai Boo Lee, Business Development Director, aZaaS
Real World SQL Azure: Interview with Kai Boo Lee, Business Development Director, aZaaS As part of the Real World SQL Azure series, we recently talked to Kai Boo Lee, Business Development Director at aZaaS , about using Microsoft SQL Azure and Windows Azure to host the aZaaS Cloud Application Engine...
24 May 2011
TechEd 2011: From Servers to Services: On-Premise and in the Cloud
Norm Judah, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Services, presented a Foundational Session at TechEd detailing examples of what is possible in the cloud this past week. The session covered four demos on 1) building a private cloud, 2) event based applications, 3) looking at SharePoint as an application...
23 May 2011
Video How-To: Basic Architectural Considerations
We’ve prepared a new how-to video which talks about basic architectural considerations when developing on SQL Azure. This walkthrough provides an overview that you can use to establish best practices and optimize your SQL Azure databases. Specifically, the video discusses standard database...
23 May 2011
TechEd 2011: The Data and BI Platform for Today and Tomorrow
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...
18 May 2011
Video How To: Advanced Business Intelligence with Cloud Data
We’ve created a new readiness video that introduces some of the features of SQL Azure Reporting and demonstrates the use of advanced analytical tools, such as using SQL Azure data with Excel and PowerPivot. Specifically, users will learn how to use SQL Azure data with Excel and create two pivot...
18 May 2011
SQL Azure May 2011 Update
Announced earlier today at TechEd , there are several key updates to the SQL Azure service that I wanted to share with you. Zane Adam covered these at a high level on his blog this morning as well as talking about improvements in AppFabric. The theme of this service release was to continue improving...
16 May 2011
SQL Azure And Data Services at TechEd 2011: What’s Coming This Week.
TechEd is this week! As I wrote in my post on Friday, TechEd is May 16-19 in Atlanta. Unfortunately I am not there, I was at InterOp earlier this week in Vegas (I’ll send a recap of that in the next few days) and I’ll be sitting this one out to catch up on some work and to start work on an...
16 May 2011
Gaining Performance Insight into SQL Azure
TechNet has an interesting article on understanding query performance in SQL Azure. The article discusses how database administrators can track exactly what Transact-SQL statements are being submitted, and how the database returns those results and . Click here to read more on TechNet’s article...
16 May 2011
TechEd 2011 – What To See, Where To Go For Cloud Data Services
TechEd is next week! May 16-19 to be exact, in Atlanta. Unfortunately I won’t be there - I was at InterOp earlier this week in Vegas (I’ll send a recap of that in the next few days) and I’ll be sitting this one out to catch up on some work and to start work on an idea for a cloud application...
13 May 2011
SQL Azure Connection Security
Selcin Turkarslan has written an in-depth TechNet wiki article about connection security considerations when using SQL Azure. The article is primarily concerned with writing secure connection strings for SQL Azure Database. I’d highly recommend reading it, as it details good procedures and...
11 May 2011
Video How To: Business Intelligence with Cloud Data
This walkthrough discusses how businesses can take business intelligence to the cloud with SQL Azure. The video covers the benefits of SQL Azure—including the ability to establish business intelligence without adding hardware costs or IT overhead—and it also introduces SQL Azure Reporting...
11 May 2011
SQL Azure Diagnostics Tool Available
Evan Basalik has written a post which details the arrival of CSS SQL Azure Diagnostics (CSAD), developed by the our support team. The tool has been developed to shorten the data collection process when troubleshooting SQL Azure issues. You can point CSAD to your SQL Azure instance, provide the appropriate...
9 May 2011
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