Big Data in Cloud with HDInsight Service Preview

Preview of the Windows Azure HDInsight Service — our cloud-based distribution of Hadoop – is broadly available through the Windows Azure Portal. The Windows Azure HDInsight Service is built on the Hortonworks Data Platform to ensure long term compatibility with Apache Hadoop, while providing customers with the low cost and elasticity of cloud computing. Starting…

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Windows Azure Cloud Platform Poster

They say pictures tell you a 1000 words and helps you to understand things clearly. Well certainly then you will find this poster very useful in making it clearer and easier to understand what exactly is Windows Azure and all of the services offered. Of course being the Data Platform guy, my favourite services are:…

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SQL Server Technical Bootcamps for Service Providers

  This is an invite-only, technical boot camp for Hosting Service Providers that offers 300 level training of SQL Server 2012. This two day training with labs shows how Microsoft SQL Server 2012 can be used by Hosting Service Providers to enhance their existing database service offerings and build out new offerings such as high…

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Thinking about moving your database to the cloud

To help you evaluate your SQL Server database(s) readiness to move onto our public offering – SQL Azure, we have made available a new experimental online service – SQL Azure Compatibility Assessment   on SQL Azure Labs. This services checks compatibility of your schema. To use this service you need: Live ID A .dacpac extracted…

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Fill out Cloud BI Survey and win XBOX 360 with Kinect

Here is your opportunity to help shape the future of Microsoft future of Cloud BI offering. Microsoft will be making Reporting Services available soon in the Azure platform. For more information see – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlazure/reporting.aspx. The Microsoft Business Intelligence Product Management Group is investigating key scenarios for Cloud Business Intelligence (Cloud BI). The key topics are:…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Azure Whitepapers

Kerberos/Double hop with SSRS From a infrastructure implementation of Microsoft BI solutions, one of the most difficult things to get right can be authentication between multiple servers in a scale out solution. This is known as the ‘double hop’ situation. A new white paper released in April 2010 outlines how to configure and troubleshoot a…

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From the Ground to the Sky – SQL Azure Migration Wizard

Many of you maybe playing around with your CTP invitations for SQL Azure and wondering how to get your current on premises databases into the cloud. Some options you have probably used: Script out the database and modify these scripts quite a lot to recreate the objects in the cloud Once you have got the…

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