SQL Server 2014 brings on-premises and cloud database together to improve data availability and disaster recovery

With the recently disclosed general availability of SQL Server 2014, Microsoft brings to market new hybrid scenarios, enabling customers to take advantage of Microsoft Azure in conjunction with on-premises SQL Server. SQL Server 2014 helps customers to protect their data and make it more highly availably using Azure. SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure builds… Read more

Data-intensive Applications in the Cloud Computing World

Building data-intensive applications in emerging cloud computing environments is fundamentally different and more exciting.  The levels of scale, reliability, and performance are as challenging as anything we have previously seen.  Databases are still prevalent in design, but new patterns and storage options need to be considered, as well. To provide a little context, I have… Read more

Develop and Test New SQL Server Apps, Scale Existing Apps and Unlock Hybrid Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, which includes Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks to keep your Windows Azure connected to your on-premises infrastructure and applications. Windows Azure Infrastructure Services provide the robust cloud infrastructure that is needed to run SQL Server and many of the applications that rely on SQL… Read more

Improved Cloud Scenarios and Compatibility with SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU2 and New Microsoft ODBC Drivers

On Thursday, Microsoft is releasing SQL Server 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update 2 and new ODBC drivers.  The key benefits of the cumulative update include simplifying backup of SQL Server databases to Windows Azure storage and also improving SQL VHDs for Windows Server and Windows Azure VMs.  The new ODBC drivers allow greater Linux support on-premises… Read more

Take Advantage of New SQL Database Reference Application

We are happy to announce the availability of StockTrader 6, a new end-to-end reference application for Windows Azure and Windows Azure SQL Database. The sample application with full source code and Visual Studio solutions can be downloaded and installed from MSDN here. The focus of the sample is two-fold: Cloud-connected mobile applications: Illustrate how to… Read more

New SQL Services in Windows Azure

As we shared with the launch of Windows Azure announced here, we are advancing our proven on-premises technologies into the cloud to offer customers the flexibility and efficiency of Hybrid IT. To continue to enable SQL Server customers in the cloud, we are offering Windows Azure SQL Reporting and the Preview of SQL Server in… Read more

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Developing Scale on Demand Capabilities

We’ve reached the ninth episode of the Behind the Scenes series and in this episode Cihan Biyikoglu (@cihangirb), Senior Program Manager, Windows Azure SQL Database Team, pulls back the curtains on how small engineering teams take an idea and develop it into a feature concept, along with the process and challenges of building consensus around… Read more

Do we have the tools we need to navigate the New World of Data?

Last October at the PASS Summit we began discussing our strategy and product roadmap for Big Data including embracing Hadoop as part of our data platform and providing insights to all users on any data. This week at the Strata Conference, we will talk about the progress we have been making with Hortonworks and the… Read more

Availability of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Hadoop based Service on Windows Azure

In October at the PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft announced expanded investments in “Big Data”, including a new Apache Hadoop™ based distribution for Windows Server and service for Windows Azure. In doing so, we extended Microsoft’s leadership in BI and Data Warehousing, enabling our customers to glean and manage insights for any data, any size, anywhere…. Read more