Instant Log Initialization for SQL Server in Azure

Reviewed by: John Hoang, Denzil Ribeiro, Rajesh Setlem, Mike Weiner Introduction Instant File Initialization (IFI) is a well-known feature of SQL Server, providing significant performance improvement for operations that require an increase in the size of data files, such as database creation, restore, and file growth. Without IFI enabled, zeroes have to be written into… Read more

Migrating from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database using Bacpac Files

Reviewed by: Steven Green, Peng Song, Xiaochen Wu, Kun Cheng, Sanjay Mishra Introduction Database migration from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database is a process that many organizations must implement as they move to Azure public cloud. This article is a guide that describes one specific implementation path for the migration process, that has been… Read more

Using SQL Always Encrypted with Azure Web App Service

Reviewed by: Dimitri Furman, Jakub Szymaszek, Sanjay Mishra, Kun Cheng, Mike Ruthruff Background A common scenario today involves migrating a web application (based on IIS) and the on-premises SQL Server database to either Azure SQL DB or Azure SQL VM. One of the important thoughts in the mind of customers embarking on such projects is… Read more

Connect to Azure SQL Database V12 via Redirection

Reviewed by: Vince Curley, Saurabh Singh, Joe Ponce-Galindo, Murugan Ayyappan, Dimitri Furman, Denzil Ribeiro, Arvind Shyamsundar, Murshed Zaman, Sanjay Mishra, Mike Weiner Introduction In the old days of Azure SQL Database (prior to V12), SQL Database used what is called a gateway to proxy all connections and communications between clients and user databases. With V12,… Read more

Migrating data to Azure SQL Data Warehouse in practice

Authors: Rangarajan Srirangam, Mandar Inamdar Contributors and Reviewers: John Hoang, Sanjay Mishra, Alexei Khalyako, Sourabh Agarwal, Osamu Hirayama, Shiyang Qiu Overview: Migrate data to Azure SQL Data Warehouse Azure SQL Data Warehouse is an enterprise-class, distributed database, capable of processing massive volumes of relational and non-relational data. It can deploy, grow, shrink, and pause in seconds. As… Read more

Simplifying creation of SQL Credentials with Shared Access Signature ( SAS ) tokens on Azure Storage with Powershell

In SQL Server 2014 a new feature was introduced that enables SQL Server Data files to be stored on Azure Storage. For more details see SQL Server Data Files in Windows Azure and Tutorial: SQL Server Data Files in Windows Azure Storage service In order to create a database with files on Azure Blob storage,… Read more

Helping to make Hadoop easier by going Metro!

We are proud to announce that the community technology preview (CTP) of ApacheTM HadoopTM-based Services for Windows Azure (or Hadoop on Azure) is now available. As noted in on the SQL Server Data Platform Insider blog, the CTP is by invite only http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2011/12/14/availability-of-community-technology-preview-ctp-of-hadoop-based-service-on-windows-azure.aspx While Hadoop is important to our customers for performance, scalability, and extreme… Read more