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Upcoming Features for SQL Azure
The SQL Azure Q4 2011 Service Release will be available by end of 2011 and is aimed at simplifying elastic scale out needs.
Key features include:
The maximum database size for individual SQL Azure databases will be expanded 3x from 50 GB to 150 GB.
Federation. With SQL Azure Federation, databases can be elastically scaled out using the sharding database pattern based on database size and the application workload. This new feature will make it dramatically easier to set up sharding, automate the process of adding new shards, and provide significant new functionality for easily managing database shards.
New SQL Azure Management Portal capabilities. The service release will include an enhanced management portal with significant new features including the ability to more easily monitor databases, drill-down into schemas, query plans, spatial data, indexes/keys, and query performance statistics.
Expanded support for user-controlled collations.
SQL Azure Reporting CTP
Previously only available to a limited number of customers, today’s updated CTP release is broadly available and delivers on the promise of BI capabilities in the cloud.
Key new features include:
Improved availability and performance statistics.
Ability to self-provision a SQL Azure Reporting server.
Windows Azure Management Portal updates to easily manage users and reports deployed to the SQL Azure Reporting.
Availability of the service in all Microsoft Windows Azure datacenters around the world.
Official Microsoft support in this new CTP release.
Greater access for customers with no separate registration process required to use the new CTP.
SQL Azure Data Sync CTP
SQL Azure Data Sync simplifies the ability to connect on-premises and cloud environments to enable hybrid IT environments.
Key new features include:
Greater ease of use with new Management Portal:
The new Management Portal provides a rich graphical interpretation of the databases being synchronized and is used to configure, manage and monitor your sync topology.
Greater flexibility with enhanced filtering and sync group configuration:
Filtering: Specify a subset of table columns or specific rows.
Sync group configuration: Specify conflict resolution as well as sync direction per group member.
Great access for all users:
The new CTP is available to all SQL Azure users for trial and does not require a separate registration process.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/ar ... -ctps.aspx
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Although I saw one tweet that confused me, someone was happy that they could access SQL Azure through SSMS and I was wondering if this meant there was additional stuff available or if they were just unaware you could already connect to SQL Azure DBs through SSMS (you get a nice light blue DB icon instead of the usual yellow one).
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