Microsoft SQL Azure

The CTP 2 of SQL Azure was released last week at PASS event.

But what is SQL Azure? – To get a quick answer for this question check this video.

Check this document that have an overview about SQL Azure - Overview of Microsoft SQL Azure and a datasheet here - SQL Azure Datasheet

This other document describes the similarities and the differences between SQL Azure and SQL Server - SQL Azure vs. SQL Server - Similarities and Differences

To get an idea/overview of all the Azure initiative check this MIX presentation:

To connect to SQL Azure, you can use the SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Tools (after creating a valid login) -

A new KB article was released with information how to update the ASP.NET scripts to work with SQL Azure:;en-us;2006191&sd=rss&spid=8940

Resources about SQL Azure:

MSDN – Documentation -

MSDN – Development Center -

Microsoft – Windows Azure – SQL Azure section -

Channel 9 videos

Additional Info:

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit

SQL Azure Team Blog

Windows Azure Software Development Kit (November 2009)

Windows Azure Platform White Papers

List of PDC 2009 sessions about SQL Azure

Windows Azure PDC 2009 sessions list:

Information about the SQL Azure CTP available