RES Software uses SQL Azure to offer cloud storage for user desktop configurations. The company also offers on premises storage options.

channel9logoChannel 9 Video: RES Software Stores Desktop Profiles on SQL Azure.

In this short video on Channel 9, I talk with CTO Bob Janssen about how and why they company offers both SQL Azure and SQL Server storage options for their customers.

RES Software is the proven leader in user workspace management. They driving a transformation in the way today’s organizations manage and reduce the cost of their PC populations. Designed for physical or virtual desktop platforms, RES Software enables IT professionals to centrally manage, automate and deliver secure, personalized and more productive desktop experiences for any user.

For more information about how RES Software users access their desktop information in the cloud, see RG021 – How to create a MS SQL Azure Database on the RES Software blog.

About SQL Azure

sql-azure-logo-lgMicrosoft SQL Azure Database is a cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server® technologies. It provides a highly available, scalable, multi-tenant database service hosted by Microsoft in the cloud. SQL Azure Database helps to ease provisioning and deployment of multiple databases. Developers do not have to install, setup, patch or manage any software. High availability and fault tolerance is built-in and no physical administration is required. SQL Azure Database supports Transact-SQL (T-SQL). Customers can use existing knowledge in T-SQL development and a familiar relational data model for symmetry with existing on-premises databases. SQL Azure Database can help reduce costs by integrating with existing toolsets and providing symmetry with on-premises and cloud databases.

To write applications for SQL Azure, you can use any of the Microsoft .NET Framework programming languages: Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual C#, or Microsoft Visual C++. You can also use the ADO.NET data provider for SQL Server, the SQL Server 2008 Native Client ODBC driver, and the SQL Server 2008 Driver for PHP version 1.1. In addition, SQL Azure allows developers to use a subset of the SQL Server existing query language Transact-SQL to query a database and to insert, update, and delete data in tables in a database.

For more information, see Microsoft SQL Azure and SQL Azure Developer.

SQL Azure Getting Started

  • Learn about SQL Azure by visiting MSDN
  • Download the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit
    The Windows Azure platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including samples, demos, hands-on labs, and presentations that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform. These labs cover Windows Azure, Service Bus and Access Control, SQL Azure, and Live Services
  • Select a Windows Azure platform Offer, then create your SQL Azure Databases

For a developer lab on SQL Azure, see Virtual Lab:Windows Azure on MSDEV.

Also, see the Windows Azure Developer Training Kit.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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