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Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure: SQL Server in the Cloud, Second Edition by Herve Roggero, Scott Klein

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Introduction

Windows Azure SQL Database, formally known as SQL Azure, appeared on the scene about five years ago. At the time, little was known about it, but Microsoft was beginning to talk quite a bit about the Azure platform. Most people thought that SQL Azure was another NoSQL offering, while in reality it was, and is, nothing of the sort. At that time, the largest database it could handle was 1GB, and no one was really taking it seriously. Since that time, Windows Azure SQL Database has grown into an enterprise-ready PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering based on the proven SQL Server technology.

Cloud computing is not hype anymore. Today, cloud-based solutions are becoming the norm rather than an afterthought or sitting on the fringe. The ...

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