What's New in SQL Azure


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  • Also more such as Access 2010 and also non-MS such as Eclipse
  • http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlazure/archive/2010/07/26/10042571.aspx
  • · sys.dm_exec_connections – This view returns information about the connections established to your database.· sys.dm_exec_requests – This view returns information about each request that executes within your database · sys.dm_exec_sessions – This view shows information about all active user connections and internal tasks. · sys.dm_tran_database_transactions – This view returns information about transactions at the database level.· sys.dm_tran_active_transactions – This view returns information about transactions for your current logical database.· sys.dm_db_partition_stats – This view returns page and row-count information for every partition in the current database.
  • From SSDS blog http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlazure/archive/2010/04/16/9997517.aspx
  • From SSDS blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlazure/archive/2010/06/07/10020947.aspxSQL Azure Database is extending five-fold to offer 50GB of the database storage capacity to offer even more scalability to applications and data.  Provides higher scalability and easier management of applications and services. Available on June 28th worldwide, flexibility to buy 50GB database.  New SQL Azure Offer: SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core will be available on August 1st with a new promotional discount to customers and partners, allowing them to subscribe to larger SQL Azure database size at a 25 percent discount.  This new six month offer provides flexibility to purchase commitment quantities of SQL Azure Business Edition databases independent of other Windows Azure platform services at a deeply discounted monthly price.  You can purchase in 10 GB increments the amount of our Business Edition relational database that you require (each Business Edition database is capable of storing up to 50 GB).Please refer to our offer comparison table for more details by offer on our pricing.Support for Spatial Data: SQL Azure now offers support for the Geography and Geometry types as well as query support in T-SQL. This is a significant feature and now opens the Windows Azure Platform to support spatial and location aware applications.Data Sync Service for SQL Azure allows for more flexible control over data by deciding which data components should be distributed across multiple datacenters in different geographic locations, based on the customer’s internal policies and business needs.  Available in community technology preview at http://www.sqlazurelabs.com .Microsoft SQL Server Web Manager (SSWM) isan easy to use management tool for SQL Azure databases, and specifically designed for Web developers seeking a straightforward solution to quickly develop, deploy and manage their data-driven applications in the cloud. Available as a community technology preview in summer 2010. Access 10 Support for SQL Azure offers native data connectivity support from Microsoft Office 2010 to SQL Azure. This new feature provides an easy way to connect directly from Office applications to cloud-based relational databases, and more choices to integrate rich Office Business Applications that can connect directly to both on-premises or cloud databases.
  • MSDN article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff951624.aspxSupport for database copy: Database copy allows you to make a real-time complete snapshot of your database into a different server in the data center. This new copy feature is the first step in backup support for SQL Azure, allowing you to get a complete backup of any SQL Azure database before making schema or database changes to the source database. The ability to snapshot a database easily is our top requested feature for SQL Azure, and goes above and beyond our database center replication to keep your data always available. The MSDN Documentation with more information is entitled: Copying Databases in SQL Azure.Update on Project Houstonhttp://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlazure/archive/2010/08/25/10054230.aspx
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