[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.]

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’s top SQL Server experts and the Microsoft SQL Server development team
  • Unique opportunity to network with your peers, share challenges, and get answers and advice
  • Return to work with new skills and knowledge to do your job better, faster, easier – right away.

 

This year the SQL Azure team will be presenting the following sessions:

 

What’s new in SQL Azure - Patric McElroy
Come and learn how SQL Azure has evolved over the past year based on your feedback. In this session you'll learn how SQL Azure delivers on promise of Database as a Service. You'll see how easy it is to take an existing class of SQL Server applications and extend them to the service using existing SQL Server knowledge, protocols, client libraries and tools. With minimal changes, your application will be running in a highly available and scalable service. Finally we’ll touch on the business model, terms of use and present a roadmap for the service.

Building Applications with SQL Azure and Windows Azure – David Robinson and Liam Cavanagh
Are you looking to reduce the costs of building and maintaining enterprise applications? Do you want to extend the reach of your applications across multiple devices, locations and partners? SQL Azure and Windows Azure provides you a friction free, highly scalable platform for building applications. The scale and reach of the cloud lights up a new class of application scenarios. Come see how easy it is to consume SQL Azure from within Windows Azure. In addition, we will dive into Microsoft’s new Data Hub for businesses and see how this SQL Azure powered synchronization service allows for data aggregation within the Hub to provide straight-forward data sharing between on-premises databases, business partners, remote offices and mobile users.

Roles and Responsibilities Managing a Microsoft SQL Azure Database - Nino Bice
Come and learn about database administration in the new world of SQL Azure. Starting from the creation of an SQL Azure account, learn about tools and techniques for provisioning accounts, servers, and databases. See how billing is managed. Learn how to collaborate with your peers to build an Azure project that uses SQL Azure. We demonstrate the mechanisms for database management such as managing logins and permissions. See how SQL Azure automates the tedious and complex administrative tasks (e.g., machine failures) and allows you to spend more time on the important design functions of a DBA.