Microsoft's SQL Azure database preview released

Microsoft's SQL Azure database preview released

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 20 August 2009, 03:02 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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Bangalore: Microsoft has released the community technology preview of SQL Azure database along with the preview of an SQL server driver for building PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) applications for the Azure platform.

The Azure Services Platform is seen as Microsoft's move into the growing cloud computing market, reports CNET News. SQL Azure database, which is a relational database, is a rival to's SimpleDB.

"With SQL Azure, developers building Web 2.0, ASP.Net and PHP applications can use familiar tools and data models to develop on a pay-as-you-grow, secure, scalable and highly available database service at minimal infrastructure cost," Microsoft Senior Program Manager, David Robinson wrote in a blog post Tuesday. He added, "There are really no comparable solutions available today."

SQL Azure's relational data model supports Microsoft and Sybase's proprietary extension to the SQL database language, Transact-SQL. There is a high degree of compatibility with SQL Server, allowing for easy migration of business and Web applications to the cloud.

The free trial will last until November, when the service is fully launched. There will be two editions, a Web Edition that stores up to 1GB of data for $9.99 per month, and a Business Edition that stores up to 10GB at $99.99 per month.

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1: How can David Robinson say that "There are really no comparable solutions available today" ? On what basis ?
Posted by:Samuel - 19 Aug, 2009
hi do u have any other alternative solution. to challenge SQL Azure.
subbu22 Replied to: Samuel - 20 Aug, 2009
3: Microsoft has sunk to a new low . . . using “trial traps” . . . yes one must contact customer support to cancel a trial. There’s plenty of opportunity to sign up for more services but they make it very hard to cancel. I called Microsoft support . . . all the options for Azure support were available EXCEPT the one to cancel . . . it says they are CLOSED! I’m just going to tell my cedit card company to charge back all Microsoft fees and move on to open source . . . there’s plenty of free software out there that works suffciently well given the cost. Azure is lack luster to say the least and high priced given the limited services. BTW: I was a devoted Microsoft customer for 15 years . . . I’m also a MCSE . . . but I’m giving up on Microsoft because they really are indifferent, at best, to the impact they have on customers.

Posted by:not given - 17 Oct, 2010