Database: First Look at Microsoft's SQL Azure Database CTP
It's been a busy month for Microsoft. In the past few weeks, the company has released community technology previews for SQL Server 2008 Release 2, SQL Server StreamInsight and the SQL Azure Database. Though the software is still in the CTP phase, Microsoft has sought to highlight a number of new capabilities users will be able to deploy. Users of SQL Server 2008 Release 2 have been given new features around business intelligence and application and multiserver management. SQL Azure, meanwhile, includes support for T-SQL stored procedures and the ability to access SQL Azure with common data access APIs such as ODBC, OLE DB, ADO.NET and PHP. In this image gallery, eWEEK is offering database administrators a glimpse of what the future holds for SQL Server, as well as what it will look like when their data lives in the cloud.