Didn’t they just do this in the spring? Word is out that they’re expanding even more data centers. The cynical take would be that it’s really all about the expanded need for data because of XBox One. But I doubt that explains it all. What’s happening is that Azure is finally taking off. Note, I didn’t say that Azure SQL Databases are taking off. I’m not sure they are. I think it’s a combination of the web sites and the virtual machines. I’ve a feeling that Microsoft’s investment is actually going to pay off. Question for you. Have you invested in Azure too? If not, time to get started. I’ve posted about it multiple times, so I won’t insult you with a bunch of links. Just one, connect your existing MSDN account to an Azure account. It costs nothing. It doesn’t require a credit card. You’ll NEVER be charged for this. They can’t. They don’t have your credit card. You can start learning this new technology. To a small degree or a large one, it’s in your future. Get started learning it now.
I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).