Microsoft released the preview version of Azure SQL Database V12 in December of 2014. As a database administrator, you might wonder about the schema and security of these new data marts. Microsoft has supplied system stored procedures for the database developer to query the Linked Servers for this type of meta data, as John Miner explains.
One of the primary advantages of Platform-as-a-Service solutions offered by Microsoft Azure is the ease with which scaling can be implemented. While SQL Database facilitates both vertical and horizontal scaling approaches, scaling it out is considerably more challenging. In this article, we will provide a high-level overview of both vertical and horizontal scaling methods available with Azure SQL Database.
Management of Azure SQL Databases has been greatly simplified by the introduction of the Azure PowerShell module. Marcin Policht describes the principles of dealing with the Azure PowerShell module’s REST APIs directly.
Marcin Policht reviews security related challenges of Microsoft Azure Software as a Service-based SQL Database, focusing in particular on the SQL Server and database-level firewall access control functionality and methods that can be employed to implement it.
Instead of using a custom SSIS-based project to upload content from an on-premise SQL Server database to Azure PaaS-based SQL Database, Marcin Policht presents an alternative approach. Using the bcp utility not only eliminates the need for any custom development, but also rivals SSIS in terms of its data transfer efficiency.
Recently we presented a procedure for uploading data to a Windows Azure SQL Database from an on-premise SQL Server instance. Today we will accomplish the same objective by employing a more traditional approach to data extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) that relies on SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).
There are a few challenges associated with deployments of data services in Windows Azure, focusing in particular on SQL Database. In this article we turn our attention to an actual deployment and migration of locally stored data to SQL Database.
In this series on implementing data services in Azure, Marcin Policht turns his attention to the remediation of incompatibilities resulting from of limitations inherent to Platform as a Service (PaaS) based deployments, which will need to be addressed as part of the migration process.