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Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure, 2nd Edition shows how to create enterprise-level database deployments without the usual investment in datacenter and other infrastructure. Take advantage instead of Microsoft’s worldwide backbone for cloud computing that delivers all the power of SQL Server in the form of the cloud-based SQL Database for Windows Azure. You can create and deploy a database in mere minutes that is accessible worldwide and takes advantage of SQL Database's high-availability features to protect your data while ensuring 99.9% uptime.

SQL Azure is ideally suited for startups, who can benefit from instant access to a robust and secure web-accessible database platform for use in rapidly deploying new products to market. SQL Azure is also ideal for small and mid-sized businesses, giving them the same ability to deploy SQL Server as any large enterprise, but without the management overhead. Even large enterprises find SQL Azure useful in creating failover environments, development environments, extra capacity to handle surges in demand, and more.

Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure covers the very latest in Microsoft’s fast-moving, cloud platform, showing how to program and administer it in a variety of cloud computing scenarios. You’ll learn to program SQL Azure from ASP.NET, from WinForms, and from SQL Reporting Services. You’ll learn to manage the platform by planning for scalability, troubleshooting performance issues, and implementing strong security. You’ll learn the unique aspects of SQL Azure such as sharding and federation support that combine to place SQL Azure a step above and ahead of the competiton.

  • Shows how to use SQL Azure from classic Windows applications, ASP.NET and Windows Communication Foundation
  • Covers management, performance, scalability, and troubleshooting
  • Addresses the all-important issue of securing your data
  • Helps you properly design for high-performance in a cloud environment
  • Helps you adopt the new Federations feature in SQL Azure

What you’ll learn

  • Create and manage SQL Database for Windows Azure databases
  • Access SQL Azure from WinForms, ASP.NET, Reporting Services, and more
  • Optimize database design for Azure’s distributed cloud platform
  • Share data between databases using SQL Database's Data Synch Service
  • Secure data from intrusion and unauthorized access
  • Learn strategies for data migration and backup

Who this book is for

Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure, 2nd Edition is aimed at developers and database administrators desiring instant access to a fully-capable SQL Server database environment without the pain of sorting out and managing the physical infrastructure.

Scott Klein

Scott Klein is a Microsoft SQL Server "Most Valuable Professional" and independent consultant specializing in SQL Server performance and business intelligence. Scott is the author of several books, including Professional SQL Server 2005 XML, Professional LINQ, and Pro ADO.NET 4.0 Entity Framework. He was a contributing author to Pro SQL Server 2008 Relational Database Design and Implementation, as well as to the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Bible. Scott has written many articles for the SQL Server Standard magazine. He holds the MCDBA, MCSD, and MCSE certifications. He is heavily involved in the south Florida community, running two SQL Server user groups and the South Florida SQL Saturday events. Scott also speaks frequently at user groups across south Florida. Scott has nearly 20 years working with SQL Server and consulting in small to enterprise-size environments.

Herve Roggero

Herve Roggero is co-founder of Blue Syntax Consulting, a company focused on Microsoft Azure technologies. Herve's experience includes software development, architecture, database administration and senior management with both global corporations and startup companies. Over the last 15 years, Herve has worked in the Education, Financial, Health Care, Management Consulting and Database Security sectors. He holds an MBA from Indiana University. Herve is heavily involved with the South Florida SQL Server community, speaks at multiple venues, co-authored books of Microsoft Azure and runs the Azure Florida Association.

Chapter 1: Getting Started with SQL Database

Chapter 2: Design Considerations

Chapter 3: Security

Chapter 4: Data Migration and Backup Strategies

Chapter 5: Programming with SQL Database

Chapter 6: SQL Reporting

Chapter 7: SQL Data Sync

Chapter 8: Windows Azure and ASP.NET

Chapter 9: Designing for High Performance

Chapter 10: Federations

Chapter 11: Performance Tuning

Chapter 12: Windows Azure Mobile Services

Appendix A: SQL Database Management Portal

Appendix B: SQL Database Quick Reference