We are excited to announce today that Microsoft has released the next wave of August community technology previews (CTPs), including SQL Azure Database, SQL Server Driver for PHP 1.1 and SQL Server StreamInsight August CTP for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. The CTPs will be available on August 19th for public trial.

 

SQL Server StreamInsight – Enterprise-class scalability

With increasing volume and speed of data, customers are looking for ways to better utilize and act on information in real-time.  SQL Server StreamInsight’s ability to derive insights from data streams and act in near real time provides significant business benefits. The key ingredients in SQL Server StreamInsight include low latency, high throughput integration with proven Microsoft development tools such as LINQ, Visual Studio, and the .NET Framework, which provide flexibility for customers and partner to customize the platform to meet their industry and business specific needs. For more information please visit the Data Platform Insider blog at http://blogs.technet.com/dataplatforminsider/default.aspx.

 

SQL Azure Database –Data anytime, anywhere

Organizations are seeing an explosion of data and data-driven Web 2.0 applications, as well as the need to extend existing applications to the cloud.  With SQL Azure, a cloud-based relational database service, Web 2.0, ASP.NET and PHP developers use familiar tools and data models to develop on a pay-as-you-grow, secure, scalable and highly available database service with business continuity and minimal infrastructure cost. Additionally, the SQL Server Driver for PHP provides new capabilities for building PHP application including support for SQL Azure.  For more information please visit the SQL Azure Team blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/ssds/.