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Archives: May 2015

Microsoft Azure SQL Databases – Power and Performance

By David Postlethwaite
On the Database Scale page we can decide on the performance level that we want our database to have.
There are three performance levels Basic, Standard and Premium
  • Basic is best suited for a small size database, supporting one single operation at a time such as for…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 28 May 2015

Microsoft Azure SQL Database – Dashboard

By David Postlethwaite

Once you have created your database you can now start to manage and configure it.

There are six menus for a SQL Azure Database: -

  • Dashboard
  • Monitor
  • Scale
  • Configure
  • GEO-Replication
  • Auditing and Security
The Dashboard

The Dashboard gives an overview of the state of your Azure database.… Read more

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 26 May 2015

Creating an Azure SQL Database

By David Postlethwaite

Once you have logged in to the Azure Management Portal you can start to  create an Azure SQL Database.
Azure SQL Database is an example of Platform as a Service (PaaS), we don’t have to build a Windows server or install the SQL software or configure the…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 21 May 2015

Getting Started with Microsoft Azure

By David Postlethwaite

The URL for Microsoft Azure is http://azure.microsoft.com.

Make sure you have an up to date browser because parts of this web site don’t work properly with Internet Explorer 8.The web site is full of articles, blogs and videos on Azure to help you get started and… Read more

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 19 May 2015

Putting Your Head in the Clouds - Microsoft Azure

By David Postlethwaite
Microsoft Azure

Let’s take a look at the Microsoft Cloud offering. Originally called Windows Azure it was renamed in March 2014 to Microsoft Azure to reflect Microsoft now offering more than just Windows. At the time of writing Azure is available in 141 countries, including China, and…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 14 May 2015

Putting Your Head in the Clouds 3 – Cloud Service Offerings

By David Postlethwaite
Cloud Service Models
There are three main service models in the cloud. You will see these buzz words being used a lot in cloud discussions:
  • IaaS   - Infrastructure as a Service
  • PaaS  Platform as a Service
  • SaaS  Software as a Service
To get a better understanding what…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 12 May 2015

Putting Your Head in the Clouds 2 –Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Solutions

By David Postlethwaite

If you are thinking about using Cloud Computing then it’s worth considering the pros and cons.

Advantages of the Cloud

Why would you want to use the cloud?

Quick Setup
You can provision a fully functioning database server in just a few minutes whereas on your premises…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 7 May 2015

Putting Your Head in the Clouds 1 – An introduction to Cloud Computing

By David Postlethwaite
Although the concept of Cloud Computing and Microsoft Azure have been around for a number of years it is only relatively recently  that it has matured to the point where it is no longer just an interesting curiosity but a serious contender as a business solution.
Microsoft…

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 6 May 2015

SQL Server 2016 Preview...Coming this Summer

It was announced yesterday at the Ignite conference that we’ll be getting a summer preview of SQL Server 2016. With it being a bank holiday in the UK … I missed it yesterday


Some the new features announced include :
Always Encrypted

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Posted in The SQL DBA in the UK on 5 May 2015