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Microsoft Azure: Enterprise Application Development by Nathan Duchene, Richard J. Dudley

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Chapter 5. Introduction to SQL Azure

Originally named SQL Data Services, SQL Azure is a feature of the Azure platform that generates a great deal of excitement. It's no overstatement to say nearly every enterprise application has a need for a relational database, and one of the leading databases utilized for enterprise applications is SQL Server. SQL Azure brings SQL Server to the cloud.

For our sample application, we'll use a simple relational database built on SQL Azure. Here's what we'll cover in this chapter:

  • An in-depth look at SQL Azure
  • Provisioning our SQL Azure server
  • Developing and deploying our database to the cloud

Overview of SQL Azure

The first question usually asked about SQL Azure is: "Is SQL Azure really SQL Server 2008, or is it something ...

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