Microsoft Releases SQL Azure Database CTP
Microsoft releases community technology preview versions of SQL Azure and Microsoft SQL Server StreamInsight. At the moment, the CTPs are available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers only, but will be generally available Aug. 19.Microsoft has released a community technology preview for its cloud-based SQL Azure Database, continuing a busy month for the company's database business. The SQL Azure Database CTP features a relational data model supporting T-SQL (Transact-SQL), including T-SQL stored procedures, as well as the ability to access SQL Azure with common data access APIs such as ODBC, OLE DB, ADO.NET and PHP. Also available as a CTP is the SQL Server Driver for PHP 1.1, which offers support for SQL Azure and new capabilities for building PHP applications.
"With the explosion of data-driven Web 2.0 applications, along with the need to extend existing applications and build innovative data solutions in the cloud-these are exciting milestones," wrote Senior Program Manager David Robinson on the SQL Azure Team blog. "With SQL Azure, developers building Web 2.0, ASP.NET and PHP applications can use familiar tools and data models to develop on a pay-as-you-grow, secure, scalable and highly available database service at minimal infrastructure cost. In fact, there are really no comparable solutions available today-we are leading the industry by offering a relational database service."