One thing in the Microsoft cloud I find really interesting is SQL Data
Services and Huron/Data Hub - SQL cloud sync service, one of the “cloud”
offerings I believe has lots of potential and will really make sharing of
data in the cloud so much easier.
I had the pleasure to sit down and talk about this subject with Liam
Cavanagh, Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft, with the SDS/Huron team, and get
some insights about the current state and the future of this remarkable new
technology. In this article I’ll talk about SQL Data Services, and I’ll
follow up with one about Data Hub/Huron.
SQL Data Services is at the core, nothing more than a (Microsoft SQL)
database-as-a-service offering from Microsoft, part of the Azure Services
Platform. First thing you’ll find about SQL Data Services is that “is
just SQL” (at least that’s how Microsoft is advertising it). And it is.
Some time ago I had a bad feeling about Windows Azure. The reaction to the
article was mixed - some agree with the “cloud” confusion and the lack of
release dates, others (mostly Microsoft guys) asking for more time so the
technologies will evolve; and last but not least people trying to explain how
I don’t really understand Windows Azure and related technologies (to those,
actually that was one of the points of the article - too much confusion).
So I find myself after six months since the release of Windows Azure looking
at the same things as before. First, the “cloud” confusion.... (more)
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), announced that it has formed
a group dedicated to addressing the need for open management standards for
cloud computing. The “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” will work to
develop a set of informational specifications for cloud resource management.
No specific standards currently exist for enabling interoperability between
private clouds within enterprises and hosted or public cloud providers.
DMTF’s Open Cloud Standards Incubator will focus on addressing these issues
by developing cloud resource management protocols, packaging formats ... (more)
Microsoft announced at TechEd India — a show running simultaneously with
TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, a new software development kit for people
interested in building apps in PHP for Windows Azure cloud.
The PHP SDK for Windows Azure, a.k.a. PHPAzure, is an open source project,
available for download from Microsoft CodePlex. The SDK provides consistent
programming model for Windows Azure Storage (Blobs, Tables, Queues).
Program Manager, Peter Galli, said Microsoft also is announcing “the launch
of a series of projects that offer samples and a toolkit that enable PHP
developers to ... (more)
Microsoft announced the rebranding of SQL Services to SQL Azure. SQL Server
is the data platform of Windows Server so it made sense to align the name of
the relational database platform of Windows Azure, SQL Azure. SQL Azure is
built on the SQL Server technology foundation which delivers relational
database capabilities in the cloud. The next CTP of now SQL Azure will be in
August. You can, however, get started today with SQL Express. Over the next
days there will be more details about SQL Azure, including posting the first
round of SQL Azure Database documentation to MSDN. Also ... (more)