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SQL PASS 2011 – SQL Azure gets a facelift

October 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The delta:

  1. The maximum database size for individual SQL Azure databases will be expanded 3x from 50 GB to 150 GB.
  2. Federation. With SQL Azure Federation, databases can be elastically scaled out using the sharding database pattern based on database size and the application workload.  This new feature will make it dramatically easier to set up sharding, automate the process of adding new shards, and provide significant new functionality for easily managing database shards.
  3. New SQL Azure Management Portal capabilities.  The service release will include an enhanced management portal with significant new features including the ability to more easily monitor databases, drill-down into schemas, query plans, spatial data, indexes/keys, and query performance statistics.
  4. Expanded support for user-controlled collations.

Source: Just Announced at SQL PASS Summit 2011: Upcoming Increased Database Limits & SQL Azure Federation; Immediate Availability of Two New SQL Azure CTPs – Windows Azure – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

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