The May service update has been released for SQL Azure that includes Management REST API, multiple servers per subscription, a JDBC driver, and DAC Framework update.
Microsoft announced new enhancements and features specifically requested by developers and IT professionals for a future release. These include the following:
- Microsoft StreamInsight’s complex event processing capabilities available as a service.
- Integration of import and export features in the management portal, which helps customers simplify archiving a Microsoft SQL Azure Database and provides migration between on-premises Microsoft SQL Server and SQL Azure
- Enhanced management experience through the portal, including enhancements to the Web-based database manager (formerly called Microsoft Project Code-Name “Project Houston”), for additional schema management, and a new service for managing SQL Azure databases through an Open Data Protocol endpoint.
The announcements were made at Tech•Ed in Atlanta this week.
SQL Azure Service Update
A new May 2011 service update, includes four key improvements the engineering teams have been hard at work on:
- SQL Azure Management REST API – a web API for managing SQL Azure servers.
- Multiple servers per subscription – create multiple SQL Azure servers per subscription.
- JDBC Driver – updated database driver for Java applications to access SQL Server and SQL Azure.
- DAC Framework 1.1 – making it easier to deploy databases and in-place upgrades on SQL Azure.
For more information, see the SQL Azure May 2011 Update.
SQL Azure Innovations
The SQL Azure team has announced new innovations.
- Project codename “Austin”, will make Microsoft StreamInsight’s complex event processing capabilities available as a service. This allows building event-driven applications where the analysis of the events is performed in the cloud. A public community will be released on the SQL Azure Labs site later this year for developer preview and feedback.
- Integration of Import/Export features in the management portal helps simplify archiving a SQL Azure database, and provides migration between on-premises SQL Server and SQL Azure. The features will be available later this summer.
- Enhanced Management Experience through the portal, including enhancements to the web based database manager (formerly called “Project Houston”) for additional schema management, and a new service for managing SQL Azure databases through an ODATA endpoint. The features will be available later this summer.
For more information, see Zane Adam’s blog post, Continuing Our Windows Azure Platform Innovation.
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Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation