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  • Is SQL Azure a newbies springboard?

    Earlier today I was considering the various SQL Server platforms that are available today and I wondered aloud, wonder how long until the majority of #sqlserver newcomers use @sqlazure instead of installing locally Let me explain. My first experience of development was way back in the early 90s when I would crank open VBA in Access or ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on May 6, 2010
  • Know Your Product Specifications

    As the Data Professional in your organization, the rest of the org looks to you to ensure that the system can handle what the business requires. To do that, you need to know two things: what the business requires, and what SQL Server can do. But of course there’s a bit more to it than that. Knowing the business side of the requirements – well, I ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 13, 2010
  • Monitoring SQL Azure For Performance

    In SQL Server Azure, there are no Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) or Performance Monitor Objects and Counters that you can access, so you can’t run your standard performance monitoring that way. I suspect that as time goes on, SQL Azure will have some instrumentation, but for the time being, you’ll have to go with a different metric – round trip ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 22, 2009
  • Project Houston

    Of late I’ve started to wonder about the direction that Microsoft may take their various development tools in the future. There has been an obvious move toward embracing the open source development community, witness the presence of open source advocate Matt Mullenweg on stage at the recent PDC09 keynote as proof of that. Also observe the obvious ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on December 6, 2009
  • TwitterCache now hosted on SQL Azure

    2012-06-07 Update: All good things must come to an end - I have now shutdown this server. I hope it was useful to some of you in the two and a half years that it has been available.  Earlier today Brent Ozar blogged about how he had been archiving tweets from various people that he follows into a SQL Server database. He made a backup ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on December 3, 2009
  • FYI: A new barrier to SQL Azure adoption

    On their recent blog post Updated CTP for SQL Azure Database includes complete feature set for PDC 2009! the SQL Azure team outlined a new feature: Firewall Support – The new firewall features allows a customer to specify an allow list of IP address that can access their SQL Azure Server. Security is a concern for companies looking at ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on October 26, 2009
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