Chapter 1. Understanding data storage

In this chapter:

This chapter provides an overview of the kinds of data storage options that are available to help you gain an understanding of how Windows Azure data management services fits in. The chapter begins with a short review of data storage history, which is necessary to provide you with context for data storage in the cloud.

Database types

For the past 20 years, relational databases have dominated the information technology landscape. Software developers learn the skills of data normalization and how to write efficient queries to join tables to create results that are suitable for consumption by an application or human. These skills have become so ingrained ...

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