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  • Blog Post: 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’....
  • Blog Post: MIX 2011 Keynote: Windows Azure AppFabric Announcement

    Today, at the MIX 2011 keynote, Scott Guthrie will be announcing the first release of Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service and a release of a new version of the Access Control service. ( Press Release ) The new version of the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control service adds all of the great...
  • Blog Post: Azure Anniversary and Customer Momentum

    A Customer Spotlight Press Release today reminded us that we've reached the one year anniversary of the Windows Azure platform. Given all the exciting developments and progress we have made over the last year, it is easy to forget that it's been only a year since SQL Azure was first available as...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Tom Naylor, CTO of Advanced Telemetry

    Real World SQL Azure: Interview with Tom Naylor, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Telemetry As part of the Real World SQL Azure series, we talked to Tom Naylor, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Telemetry about changing the fortunes of his startup company by moving to...
  • Blog Post: Real-World SQL Azure: Interview with James Chen, Chief Technology Officer at LinkShare Labs

    As part of the Real-World SQL Azure series, we talked to James Chen, the Chief Technology Officer at LinkShare Labs, a division of Rakuten, about how his company is taking advantage of the Windows Azure platform , and particularly Microsoft SQL Azure , to power its new LinkShare Lightning application...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: The DataMarket Contest from The Code Project

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  • Blog Post: Securing Your Connection String in Windows Azure: Part 4

    This is the fourth part in a multi-part blog series about securing your connection string in Windows Azure. In the first blog post ( found here ) a technique was discussed for creating a public/private key pair, using the Windows Azure Certificate Store to store and decrypt the secure connection string...
  • Blog Post: Securing Your Connection String in Windows Azure: Part 1

    One of the challenges you face in running a highly secure SQL Azure environment is too keep your connection string to SQL Azure secure. If you are running Windows Azure you need to provide this connection string to your Windows Azure code, however you might not want to provide the production database...
  • Blog Post: I Miss You SQL Server Agent: Part 3

    Currently, SQL Azure doesn’t have the concept of a SQL Server Agent. In this blog series we are attempting to create a light-weight substitute using a Windows Azure worker role. In the first blog post of the series, I covered how the Windows Azure worker roles compare to SQL Server Agent, and got started...
  • Blog Post: I Miss You SQL Server Agent: Part 2

    Currently, SQL Azure doesn’t have the concept of a SQL Server Agent. In this blog series we are attempting to create a light-weight substitute using a Windows Azure Worker role. In the first blog post of the series, I covered how the Windows Azure worker roles compare to SQL Server Agent, and got started...
  • Blog Post: I Miss You SQL Server Agent: Part 1

    Currently, SQL Azure doesn’t support running SQL Server Agent in the cloud. If you need SQL Server Agent type functionality for SQL Azure, you can use a Windows Azure worker role and some custom code, I will show you how in this blog post series. “Secret agent man, secret agent man They've given you...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Database Now Generally Available – SLAs in effect

    Starting today, customers and partners in countries across the globe will be able to launch their SQL Azure Database production applications and services with the support of the full Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Customers who have yet to upgrade their CTP accounts to paid commercial subscriptions...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure at PASS Summit 2009

    This upcoming week, PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) will be holding its annual summit in Seattle, WA. The summit runs from November 2nd through the 5th and, as described on the website, provides: In-depth technical sessions all focused on SQL Server Unparalleled access to the industry...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Launch Update

    In October 2008 at our Professional Developer Conference we opened the Community Technology Preview (CTP) for the Windows Azure platform (Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services). The CTP has been invaluable in terms of shaping many aspects of the Windows Azure platform. PDC 2009 is an exciting...
  • Blog Post: Try SQL Azure Database CTP Today

    Check out the free trial of Microsoft® SQL Azure Database Community Technology Preview (CTP). SQL Azure Database, a part of the Windows Azure platform, is a cloud-based database service built on Microsoft SQL Server technology. With SQL Azure organizations will benefit from a pay-as-you grow model...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure - Same great platform, just a better aligned name

    Yesterday we announced a branding update to SQL Azure (formerly SQL Services). I think you will agree that our new name is a better fit. If you look across the Windows platform, you will see a consistent branding theme that runs the gamut from Windows Mobile on mobile devices, to Windows Client on the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Windows Azure and Azure Services Platform

    Today at PDC, Ray Ozzie announced our all up cloud services platform. It was a great day for a whole bunch of us who have worked on the database part of the platform for the past 2 years. We announced our cloud compute, storage and management service called Windows Azure. These are the essential services...
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