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Introduction to SQL Azure


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A very brief introduction to SQL Azure designed as an extended lightning talk.

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Introduction to SQL Azure

  1. 1. A 15-minute Overview of Microsoft&apos;s Cloud Database<br />W. Kevin Hazzard, C# MVP<br />
  2. 2. What is a Cloud Database?<br />Sometimes called Database as a Service (DaaS)<br />Is an sub-class of Software as a Service (SaaS)<br />Moves data into centers that you don&apos;t manage<br />Positions companies for developing comprehensive Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA)<br />Off-premises (cloud) data may be mixed with on-premises data in applications<br />
  3. 3. Some Examples<br /><br />
  4. 4. Cost Drivers<br />Some capital expenses become operational<br />Pricing can be based on a mix of utilization metrics<br />Some services offer timeshare options to fix all costs<br />The database becomes a utility like electricity<br /><br />
  5. 5. What&apos;s wrong with my database?<br />On-premises databases are very high-maintenance:Installation, Setup, Patching, Physical Management<br />Achieving High Availability (HA) with a solid Disaster Recovery (DR) or Fault Tolerance (FT) plan is very expensive, usually cost prohibitive<br />Scaling up (or down) quickly is difficult and expensive<br />Hosted databases (on Amazon EC2, for example)<br />Defer some costs to the hosting provider but<br />Still require patching and management by you<br />Offer no real HA/DR/FT/Scaling options<br />
  6. 6. Introducing<br />Robust, relational database in the cloud<br />Supports T-SQL for both DDL and DML<br />SQL Azure is distributed across many nodes<br />HA, FT and scaling are all automatic<br />No need to install, set up, patch or physically manage anything – no provisioning at all<br />No machines and software to buyPay for the database consumed, like an electric bill<br />Makes the most of existing applications and tools<br />Allows for reuse of the skills and knowledge<br />
  7. 7. Pricing and Availability<br />Releases to pre-production mid-November 2009!(Go Live licenses are available now)<br />Releases to production in February 2010<br />Two sizes available:<br />Web Edition – 1Gb @ $9.99 per month<br />Business Edition – 10Gb $99.99 per month<br />Bandwidth costs:<br />Ingress to cloud - $0.10 per Gb<br />Egress from cloud - $0.15 per Gb<br />Guaranteed 99.9% uptime (down ~44 minutes per month)<br />
  8. 8. SQL Azure Data Sync<br />Partners<br />Mobile<br />Workers<br />Provides bi-directional data synchronization between cloud and on-premises databases<br />Based on Microsoft Sync Framework 2.0<br />For more information:<br />SQL Azure<br />SQL Azure Data Sync<br />Enterprise<br />SQL Server<br />
  9. 9. Demonstration<br />Lightning Introduction to SQL Azure Basic Features and Use<br />