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  • Blog Post: Azure SQL Database: Service Tiers & Performance Q&A

    A few days ago, I published a post with some anticipated questions & answers to provide details on the new service tiers for Microsoft Azure SQL Database , announced on April 24. In this follow-up post, I want to provide more information about how SQL Database performance is factored into the service...
  • Blog Post: Azure SQL Database: New Service Tiers Q&A

    Earlier this month, we celebrated the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2014, announced that the Analytics Platform System is generally available, and shared a preview of the Intelligent Systems Service. Quentin Clark summarized his keynote speech at the Accelerate Your Insights event in a blog post entitled...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SQL Database and SQL Server -- Performance and Scalability Compared and Contrasted

    Curious about the differences in approaching performance and scalability in SQL Server vs. Windows Azure SQL Database (formerly SQL Azure)? Check out this new paper that brings together insights from the Microsoft SQL Engineering and Customer Advisory Teams (CAT) to detail the differences between on...
  • Blog Post: Take Advantage of New SQL Database Reference Application

    We are happy to announce the availability of StockTrader 6, a new end-to-end reference application for Windows Azure and Windows Azure SQL Database . The sample application with full source code and Visual Studio solutions can be downloaded and installed from MSDN here . The focus of the sample is two...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Developing Scale on Demand Capabilities

    We’ve reached the ninth episode of the Behind the Scenes series and in this episode Cihan Biyikoglu ( @cihangirb ), Senior Program Manager, Windows Azure SQL Database Team, pulls back the curtains on how small engineering teams take an idea and develop it into a feature concept, along with the process...
  • Blog Post: Premium Preview for Windows Azure SQL Database Now Live!

    On July 8, 2013, at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas, Satya Nadella, Server and Tools President announced a new Premium service for Windows Azure SQL Database that delivers more predictable performance for business-critical applications. This new Premium service further strengthens...
  • Blog Post: New SQL Services in Windows Azure

    As we shared with the launch of Windows Azure announced here , we are advancing our proven on-premises technologies into the cloud to offer customers the flexibility and efficiency of Hybrid IT. To continue to enable SQL Server customers in the cloud, we are offering Windows Azure SQL Reporting and the...
  • Blog Post: Smart, Secure, Cost-Effective: SQL Server Back Up to Windows Azure

    Microsoft recently announced several new ways to back up and recover SQL Server databases with Windows Azure . These features, now available in SQL Server 2014 CTP2 and as a standalone tool for prior versions, provide an easy path to cloud backup and disaster recovery for on-premises SQL Server databases...