After blogging about SSDS I saw that people are wondering what Microsoft's Cloud Storage offering is all about.  One reader asked...

Is it Windows Live Sky Drive?  Is it Astoria?

The answer is no...  It's neither of the two above although it does have some features of each of them.

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The best way to get the low-down on SSDS to watch Nigel Ellis' presentation from MIX

I'd also recommend subscribing to the SSDS team blog.

The links above are great resources for starting to go deep...  Let's see if I can sum up SSDS in an extended elevator pitch.

SSDS is Microsoft's cloud storage offering built on top of SQL Server.  It's a data storage service backed by an enterprise class SLA accessible via REST and SOAP APIs.  It's currently accessible via an invitation beta program, a beta version will be broadly available mid-summer and is targeted to Go Live in H1 of '09.