Hello and welcome everybody to our TNWiki Article Spotlight on Tuesday.

Like some of you have already noticed when I'm writing the Article Spotlight I have a penchant for articles about Windows Azure (Windows Azure Virtual Machines and SQL Azure FAQ) or books. Today I want to present another great article about a part of Windows Azure: Windows Azure SQL Database. One question I hear often when it comes to the decision which database to use is "For what should we go: SQL Server or Windows Azure SQL Database". Meanwhile with the Windows Azure Virtual Machines this question is not about should someone go with Windows Azure or not. To the contrary this question arises more often since the preview of the virtual machines. Should I use a SQL Server with Windows Azure Virtual Machines or should I use Windows Azure SQL Database?

Because this question is not that easy to answer Dinakar started "Compare SQL Server with Windows Azure SQL Database" nearly two and a half years ago. At this time it was a decision for or against Windows Azure, but the key points for the decisions remain the same. Dinakar and the other contributors shows similarities and differences between these two technologies, for example what you should keep in mind when talking about the logical and physical administration. Worth a look for developers, a must read for database administrators and decision makers.

- German Ninja Jan (Twitter, BlogProfile)