CHAPTER 17

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Running SQL Server in the Cloud

I must confess that when I hear the phrase “in the cloud” I immediately picture white fluffy clouds with desktop computers, complete with monitors and keyboards strewn about. I’m not sure where this image originated because I know that Microsoft has datacenters worldwide that are situated firmly on the ground consisting of thousands of commodity servers in racks that look nothing like desktop computers. Microsoft’s cloud services are branded Microsoft Azure.

The enterprise computing landscape is ever evolving, and right now, companies are taking advantage of cloud services, like Microsoft Azure, to save ...

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