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Building highly-available and highly-scalable applications are one of the main reasons for using NoSQL database systems and processing frameworks over traditional relational database systems. Relational database systems have taken notice and are increasingly moving forward to provide solutions for these class of applications.
In this presentation we will showcase how the Windows Gaming Experience is using SQL Server Azure to build a highly-available and highly-scalable application that is used to create new experiences for millions of casual gamers in the next version of the Bing search engine and integrate Microsoft games with social-networking sites. They employ several of the NoSQL architectural patterns such as sharding. We will be presenting the architecture, lessons learned and also provide an insight into how the SQL Server Azure service is evolving to support NoSQL application development patterns such as sharding and open schema support to make SQL Server Azure a Not Only SQL database engine.