Organizations often face challenges in managing their IT infrastructure when they are growing rapidly. In such situations, they may need to increase their data storage capabilities. Consequently, a large amount of time is spent in ramping up server capacity. This leads to increased installation and maintenance costs. SQL Azure is a Software as a Service (SaaS) product, which helps organizations overcome these challenges.
SQL Data Services is a scalable and cost-effective on-demand data storage and query processing service. SQL Azure is a hosted application build on robust Microsoft SQL Server database and Windows Server technologies. SQL Azure extends the services and advantages of SQL Server over the cloud, or the Internet. This leads to tremendous benefits for customers, who can access the data they require at any time and from anywhere. SQL Azure is ideal for organizations seeking reduced capital investment for storing and maintaining data. It also benefits enterprises using applications that collaborate on large data clusters. SQL Azure aims at satisfying the ever-expanding needs of organizations by providing solutions to enhance storage capability. Organizations can use SQL Azure to store multiple types of data. SQL Azure provides optimal storage solutions for archival and reference data. To increase the business benefits to its customers, Microsoft offers them a strong service level agreement (SLA). This SLA ensures high availability, performance, and data protection.SQL Azure supports a flexible database architecture and development environment, which eases application development. It communicates with applications using standard protocols like Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Representational State Transfer (REST). You can access and modify data using a text-based query language. This language uses Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) with C# or other languages such as VB.NET, Java, or Ruby. In addition, SQL Azure allows you to create and modify the accounts using a Web-based interface.
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2009<br /> SQL Azure - August 28th, 2009Aaron Stanley King<br />
Don’t you just love CTP? ( time permitting )</li></li></ul><li>What is SQL Azure?<br /><ul><li>“SQL Azure is a scalable and cost-effective on-demand data storage and query processing service. SQL Azure is a hosted application build on robust Microsoft SQL Server database and Windows Server technologies.”</li></li></ul><li>What is SQL Azure really?<br /><ul><li>SQL Azure is your data hosted by Microsoft with a strong service level agreement (SLA). The SLA not only ensures high availability but also performance and protection.</li></li></ul><li>Benefits of SQL Azure<br />
Robust SQL Server support<br />“SQL Azure is built on robust SQL Server database technologies.Therefore, it benefits from the advantages of SQL Server,which is a broad data platform that can handle all types ofdata, from creation to archival.”<br />
Ease of application development<br />“SQL Azure facilitates application development. Its just like localdevelopment in SQL Express. Its flexible data model supportsany programming language.”<br />
Scalability<br />“The SQL Azure database fabric is flexible and scales according to business needs. The service is supported by multiple servers.Therefore, it has the ability to provide any required storage capacity. Also, there is no time delay due to server provisioning. The data is partitionedto meet these requirements.”<br />
Availability<br />“Because SQL Azure is accessible via the Internet, it ensures the availability of data to users in any geographic location. Further, SQL Azure uses enterprise-grade hardware and program code, which are optimized for high throughput.”<br />
Security<br />“SQL Azure provides organizations with secure data access and confidentiality. It is built on a relational database architecture that includes data protection. With SQL Azure, multiple copies of data that you create or modify are stored across geographically distributed data centers. This ensures thesafety of your data in the event of anydisaster.”<br />
Strong SLA<br />“SQL Azure provides you with a strong SLA that assures high availability, guaranteed performance, data protection, compliance, enterprise-level security features, and real-time mirrored database replication.”<br />