Sharding With SQL Azure

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Earlier this week we published a whitepaper entitled Sharding with SQL Azure to the TechNet wiki.  In the paper, Michael Heydt and Michael Thomassy discuss the best practices and patterns to select when using horizontal partitioning and sharding with your applications. Specific guidance shared in the whitepaper:…

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Using the Database Manager from the Management Portal

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] The Windows Azure Platform Management Portal allows you to manage all your Windows Azure platform resources from a single location – including your SQL Azure database; for more information about see Zane Adam’s blog post. One of the nuances of using the Management Portal, is that…

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Windows Azure Platform Management Portal

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] We have launched the new Windows Azure Platform Management Portal, and with it the database manager for SQL Azure (formerly known as Project Houston).  Now, you can manage all your Windows Azure platform resources from a single location – including your SQL Azure database.  Learn more…

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Real World SQL Azure: Interview with Vittorio Polizzi, Chief Technology Officer at EdisonWeb

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] As part of the Real World SQL Azure series, we talked to Vittorio Polizzi, Chief Technology Officer at EdisonWeb, about using Microsoft SQL Azure to host his company’s Web Signage application, which manages content for digital signs in retail stores and other venues. Here’s what he…

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SQL Azure and Windows Azure Table Storage

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] In the November 2010 issue of MSDN Magazine Joseph Fultz wrote an article titled: “SQL Azure and Windows Azure Table Storage”. Joseph contends that often there is a point of confusion understanding the differences between Windows Azure Table Storage and SQL Azure. In this article he…

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Forrester Reports: SQL Azure Raises the Bar On Cloud Databases

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Over the past year, since the release of SQL Azure, we’ve been focused on delivering the highest quality database in the cloud. SQL Azure builds on the already strong SQL Server platform, but delivers a multi-tenant cloud based relational database, which is truly unique in the…

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7 Things You Need To Know about SQL Azure Reporting

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Microsoft SQL Azure Reporting is a cloud-based reporting platform that provides comprehensive reporting functionality for a variety of data sources. SQL Azure Reporting includes a complete set of tools for you to create, manage, and deliver reports, and APIs that enable developers to integrate or extend…

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Getting Started with SQL Azure Development

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] In the November 2010 issue of MSDN Magazine, Lynn Langit has written an informative article titled: “Getting Started with SQL Azure Development”. This article provides a good walk-through of creating a SQL Azure database, and outlining some of the differences between SQL Server and SQL Azure….

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SQL Azure Backup and Restore Strategy

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] A new article about developing a SQL Azure Backup and Restore Strategy has been posted in the wiki section of TechNet. This article discusses how to port your existing backup and restore strategy to SQL Azure to cover against hardware failure, force majeure, and user error….

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