SQL Azure : First Look


Hi There!

With some excitement brewing, I just got invitation codes to the first public CTP of SQL Azure – the successor to SQL Data Services (SDS) previously documented on this blog.  Below is a screenshot of my first SQL Azure Server.

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As I start to develop with the new CTP I’ll add more blog notes and entries showcasing the functionality and ways in which you can access and manage your SQL databases in the Cloud.  This is exciting stuff!  Stay tuned for more :)

From the Team Site:

The SQL Azure Database CTP includes:

· Relational data model supporting Transact-SQL (T-SQL), including T-SQL stored procedures. Access SQL Azure with familiar data access APIs such as ODBC, ADO.Net, PHP, etc.   The high degree of compatibility with SQL Server enables easy migration of existing Line of Business (LOB) or Web applications to the cloud.

· Self-provisioning, auto-healing and disaster recovery, with high availability and no physical database administration. Self service provisioning means you can provision any number of databases and not have to worry about machines, disks, or server configuration.

  • Pay-as-you-grow multi-tenant scalable service model.
  • Efficiencies from an enterprise class data center without the administrative overhead.
  • Support for familiar tools so developers can leverage existing skills to speed time to solution

To register and participate in the CTP or to learn more about what is SQL Azure, check out this Microsoft website.  The MSDN site has all the technical details on the service offering which is coming soon to a Cloud near you..


About Rob Sanders

IT Professional and TOGAF 9 certified architect with nearly two decades of industry experience, 18 years in commercial software development and 11 years in IT consulting. Check out the "About Rob" page for more information.

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