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SSC Editorial: Clouds in our Future

I wrote Clouds in our Future to see if I could spark a good conversation about the mental shift required to consider SQL Azure as one of the options we should consider when decide to host data. I can’t say I succeeded well at that goal! I get that the tools aren’t ready and that’s a metered service, and I get that it’s not a miracle solution, but I sense the same kind of reluctance to consider cloud based hosting as we did virtualization a few years ago. Of course, virtualization has gotten better and we’ve got a lot more experience, and we need that same growth with Azure.

Here’s the thing to think about – at what point does it tip for you? Is it tools? Features? Body of knowledge? At what point does it shift from bleeding edge to not? Are you serving your business or employer well today by ignoring the option as not baked enough?

My note to Microsoft: Azure isn’t going to explode until you get us tools and feature parity, at least the features that make sense in the cloud.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Peter Schott on 10 January 2011

I'm actually excited about the potential for SQL Azure, but the metering and somewhat the lack of tools are limiting. The big draw for me is due for preview or possible release later this year - federation. We work with a multi-tenant data model and this federation would be perfect for us, especially as it may trickle down into some form of local hosting. The idea that we can put one large customer apart from others is a major draw. The idea that connections can be isolated to a particular customer is huge. The pricing and limitations are a major hindrance, though.

I'm definitely keeping my eye on Azure changes, but until it's cost-effective and reasonable to move there, it's not likely that it will be a serious consideration for some time.

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