The next wave of information on the Windows Azure platform was revealed today at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in New Orleans.  Since many of you are following the roll-out of this highly anticipated cloud platform, we wanted to provide you with an update on Microsoft SQL Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure Database– formerly known as SQL Services and SQL Data Services. 

As a part of the Azure Services Platform, SQL Azure Database will deliver traditional relational database service in the cloud, supporting T-SQL over Tabular Data Stream (TDS) protocol.  SQL Azure Database offers small to medium sized businesses, Web 2.0 and ASP.NET developers a pay-as-you-grow, secure, scalable and highly available database service with business continuity and minimal infrastructure cost. Microsoft’s business partners can develop and offer cloud-based services themselves, powered by SQL Azure and Windows Azure multi-tenant capabilities.

SQL Azure Database will be available in two editions: the Web Edition Database and the Business Edition Database. Both editions offer scalability, automated high availability, and self-provisioning.    Best of all, they’re both priced for value.  For more information on pricing and licensing for SQL Azure and the Windows Azure platform, please visit:  http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/wwpc/docs/WPCAzureFS.doc.

                                                                                      

SQL Azure Database is on track to deliver a public CTP in August and ship in the second half of calendar year 2009.  Everyone is encouraged to go to http://www.microsoft.com/azure/sql.mspx to register to participate in the CTP. For more information about the business model and the upcoming CTP, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/azure/sql.mspx.