Microsoft to Expand Database Capabilities in the Cloud
Microsoft announces plans to expose SQL Server's network protocol, Tabular Data Stream, to SQL Data Services. The move is meant to help Microsoft make good on a promise to enhance the capabilities of its database service offering.Microsoft got more specific March 10 with its plans to enhance database capabilities in the cloud for users of SQL Data Services. The company announced that later this year, SQL Data Services (SDS) will be fine-tuned to connect to database applications via Tabular Data Stream (TDS). TDS is the network protocol used by SQL Server. The move, Microsoft officials said, will aid developers as they move code developed in T-SQL into the cloud.
"Think of this as providing a relational data model accessed by customers' applications via T-SQL over TDS," a Microsoft spokesperson said. "It delivers a familiar development experience for customers currently using an on-premises SQL Server database, and in turn enables them to use existing knowledge, skills, tools and applications."