Video: Introduction to SQL Azure Data Sync

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] In this session we will show you how SQL Azure Data Sync enables on-premises SQL Server data to be easily shared with SQL Azure allowing you to extend your on-premises data to begin creating new cloud-based applications.   Using SQL Azure Data sync’s bi-directional data synchronization support,…


Video: Introduction to Database Manager for SQL Azure

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] The database manager for SQL Azure (previously known as Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston”) is a lightweight and easy to use database management tool for SQL Azure databases. The web-based tool is designed specifically for Web developers and other technology professionals seeking a straightforward solution to quickly…


Video: Introduction to SQL Azure Reporting

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] With the preview release of new SQL Azure Reporting capabilities, developers can now take advantage of familiar tools and development techniques to build reporting capabilities embedded within your Windows Azure Platform application. This new service delivers a set of processing components, tools, and programmatic interfaces that…


Video: What’s New in SQL Azure?

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] SQL Azure is Microsoft’s cloud data platform. Initially offering a relational database as a service, there are new enhancements to the user experience and additions to the relational data services provided. Most notably, updates to SQL Azure Data Sync enable data synchronization between on-premises SQL Server…


PDC 2010 Announcements

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Today at PDC we are excited to  announce a number of exciting new features related to SQL Azure which are designed to further build out our platform and reduce complexity in building and managing applications. Today we are announcing. SQL Azure Reporting CTP:  SQL Azure Reporting…


What to Watch and How to Stay Connected at PDC10

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] With PDC10 right around the corner, we wanted to help you quickly find all the SQL Azure related information (announcements, blog posts, sessions, videos, tweets) in one place, so we have created a dedicated page, available at – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlazure/pdc2010.aspx Moreover, the Windows Azure team has provided…


Video: Interacting with a SQL Azure Database

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] In the first video, Your First SQL Azure Database, we created a new blank SQL Azure database in the cloud. In this second part, learn how to provision your database with tables and basic queries using Transact-SQL and additional tools including Visual Studio Web Developer Express…


Video: SQL Azure: Creating Your First Database

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This video is a brief tutorial that walks through the three steps to create a SQL Azure database and provision a simple database. Alternative direct link to Microsoft Showcase Site: Creating Your First Database.


Wiki: Gaining Performance Insight into SQL Azure

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This article discusses how to gain insight into exactly what Transact-SQL statements are being submitted to the SQL Azure, and how the SQL Azure accesses the database to return result sets.   Read the Wiki Article: Gaining Performance Insight into SQL Azure


Service Update 5 Released to Production

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Service Update 5 for SQL Azure is now live in all datacenters worldwide. This release primarily focused on delivering internal operational improvements to enable future feature additions. As part of this update, SQL Azure now provides support for the sp_tableoption system stored procedure. For more information,…