Microsoft’s SQL Azure Update is Live
If you’re a VAR leveraging Microsoft’s Windows Azure and you’ve been using their SQL Azure server, good news: SQL Azure Database Service Update 1 is now live. Here’s what it adds.
For those just joining us, Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud operating system and platform as a service (PaaS) that’s competing with Amazon Web Services for market leadership. As you might guess from the name, SQL Azure is Microsoft’s cloud SQL Server database service. Windows Azure and SQL Azure both went officially live in early February 2010.
By way of the official SQL Azure blog entry, here are the new features in SQL Azure Database Service Update 1:
- Troubleshooting and Supportability Dynamic Management Views (DMVs), a feature coming to SQL Azure from the on-premises SQL Server. These DMVs monitor database health and provide troubleshooting help and problem diagnosis.
- The ability to move up and down between Web or Business edition databases on the fly — in theory, meaning you can seamlessly scale a database up or down.
- An increase of idle session timeouts from 5 minutes to 30.
- Long running transactions, meaning that data can be uploaded to and downloaded from SQL Azure in larger chunks, requiring fewer overall sessions.
These updates are sure to help the SQL Azure database administrator, though I couldn’t help but notice that they seem to be built around making it more like its on-premises counterpart. Is this evidence that SQL Azure is immature yet, or is this just fine-tuning a perfectly fine solution? We’d love to hear from any reseller who’s working with SQL Azure and is willing to share their thoughts.