Check out a blog post from our fellow SQL Azure Lab Microsoft Codename “Data Transfer”! You can now upload data through the Data Transfer service from on premises to Azure and use that data directly from a “Cloud Numerics” application: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/data_transfer/archive/2012/03/12/support-added-for-cloud-numerics-format.aspx:
“Microsoft Codename "Cloud Numerics" is a SQL Azure Lab that lets you model and analyze data at scale. Now when you want to upload a file with Microsoft Codename "Data Transfer" to Windows Azure Blob storage for use in Cloud Numerics, you can choose to have the file converted to the Numerics Binary Format. This only applies to CSV and Excel files that contain numerical data ready for analysis with “Cloud Numerics.”
To run the example application in the blog post you will need the implementation of the SequenceReader used in the example. You can download the sample reader from the “Microsoft Numerics” Connect Site (note that you need to sign up to our Connect program first). See links for Sign-up / Download.