SQL Server features in hybrid scenarios with Microsoft Azure

  When I visit customers, the curiosity about Azure is always very high. One of the most frequent questions I get is: “Can you help me to identify what I can do to modernize my datacenter leveraging some of the hybrid services that Azure offers?” Well, that is an interesting question, but a simple blog…


Slides and demos of my session on SQL Server 2014 and Windows Azure at Community Days 2014

This week I have delivered a session on SQL Server 2014 scenarios with Windows Azure at the Community Days 2014. Contents have been delivered in Italian but slides are in English.  You can download slides and demos using links below: Documento di <a target="_blank" href="http://office.com" data-mce-href="http://office.com">Microsoft Office</a> incorporato, con tecnologia <a target="_blank" href="http://office.com/webapps" data-mce-href="http://office.com/webapps">Office Web Apps</a>….


SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Groups – Add Azure Replica wizard in action

In this blog post, I will describe one interesting feature included in SQL Server 2014: the capability of adding an availability group secondary replica in Windows Azure through a useful Wizard. I have already published a couple of articles talking about Windows Azure and SQL Server in hybrid scenarios. I will reference them later in…


Configuring SQL Server Database Mirroring across two Windows Azure datacenters using certificates

In this article, we will explore a SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery scenario with SQL Server Database Mirroring configured across two different Windows Azure datacenters, one in Western Europe and one in West US. Currently, a limitation in Windows Azure virtual networks does not allow an Active Directory domain to span across two…


Online Webcasts (ITA) on SQL Server, Power BI, , Windows Azure, HDInsight

This post is written in Italian as it’s targeted to Italian Partners. Il mondo dei dati sta cambiando rapidamente e Microsoft fornisce gli strumenti per stare al passo con il progresso tecnologico: SQL Server 2014, PDW, HDInsight sono alcune delle risposte alle sfide più significative riassunte in termini come Big Data e Cloud. L'obiettivo di…


SQL Server 2014 Database Deploy to a Windows Azure VM

SQL Server 2014 (The CTP2 can be downloaded from here) adds many features that simplify the life of the DBA who isn’t very familiar with the Cloud world. One of them is the possibility to deploy a Database to a Windows Azure Virtual Machine. It is a very straightforward process that can be run on-premises…


WORKSHOP: Build on Windows Azure – Milan 27th June 2013

Join me and my colleagues from Microsoft Italy to see Windows Azure IaaS in action! The partecipation is free and the event will take place in Milan, Gran Visconti Palace. The workshop will be delivered in Italian Language. Registration page: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032556426&Culture=it-IT&community=0 Hurry, seats are limited!   For more details please refer to the information below…


WHITEPAPER download : Performance Guidance for SQL Server in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Microsoft has released a very useful whitepaper regarding the performances optimization of SQL Server when executed in a Windows Azure Virtual Machines environment (Iaas). You can download it from the SQL Customer Advisory Team web site:http://sqlcat.com/sqlcat/b/whitepapers/archive/2013/05/31/performance-guidance-for-sql-server-in-windows-azure-virtual-machines.aspx Good reading Francesco