SQL Azure has been evolving at an amazing pace. Here is a list that summarizes the evolution till June 2012:
SQL Azure, June 2012 (During Meet Windows Azure event)
SQL Azure reporting is now generally available and is backed by SLA
SQL Azure now called Windows Azure SQL Database
Run SQL Server on Azure VM role
SQL Azure, May 2012
SQL Azure now available in one more data-center: “East USA”
SQL Azure Data SYNC, April 2012
Data SYNC Service Update notes
SQL Azure, February 2012:
SQL Azure Labs, February 2012:
Microsoft Codename “Trust Services”
SQL Azure Labs, January 2012:
Project codenamed “Cloud Numerics”
Project codenamed “SQL Azure Compatibility Assessment”
Service Update 8, December 2011:
Increased Max size of Database [Previous: 50 GB. Now: 150 GB]
SQL Azure Federations
SQL Azure import/export updated
SQL Azure management portal gets a facelift.
Expanded support for user defined collations
And there are no additional cost when you go above 50 GB. [so cost of 50 GB database = cost of 150 GB DB = ~500$ per month]
SQL Azure Labs, November 2011:
Microsoft project codename “Data Transfer”
upcoming SQL Azure Q4 2011 service release announced!
SQL Azure federations
150 GB database
SQL Azure management portal will get a facelift with metro styled UI among other great additions
SQL Azure LABS, October 2011:
Data Explorer preview
Social Analytics preview
New registrations for SQL Azure ODATA stopped.
News at SQLPASS, October 2011:
SQL Azure reporting services CTP is now open for all!
SQL Azure DATA SYNC CTP is now open for all!
Upcoming: 150 GB database!
Upcoming: SQL Azure Federations
SQL Server Developer Tools, Codename “Juneau” supports SQL Azure
Following updates where not added in July 2011 and where later added in September 2011:
New SQL Azure Management Portal
Foundational updates for scalability and performance
Service Update 7, July 2011:
Creating SQL Azure firewall rules with IP detect
SQL Azure Co-Administrator support
Enhanced spatial data types support
Service Update 6, May 2011:
Support for Multiple servers per subscription
SQL Azure database management REST API
Support for Upgrading DAC packages
Service Update 5, October 2010:
Support for SQL Azure sync
Support for SQL Azure reporting
SQL Azure Error messages
Support for sp_tableoption system stored procedure
Service Update 4, August 2010:
Update on project Houston, A silverlight based app to manage SQL Azure databases
Support for TSQL command to COPY databases
Books Online: Added How-To topics for SQL Azure
Service Update 3, June 2010:
Support for database sizes up to 50 GB
Support for spatial datatype
Added East Asia and Western Europe datacenter
Service Update 2, April 2010:
Support for renaming databases
DAC (Data Tier Applications) support added
Support for SQL Server management studio (SSMS) and Visual Studio (VS)
Service Update 1, February 2010:
Support for new DMV’s
Support for Alter Database Editions
Support for longer running Queries
Idle session Time outs increased from 5 min to 30 min
SQL Server Data Services / SQL Data Services Got a new Name: SQL Azure, July 2009
SQL Server Data Services was Announced, April 2008
0 thoughts on “SQL Azure’s Journey from Inception to June 2012!”
Great article here, and a valuable reference on evolution of SQLAzure!
SQL Azure has an aggressive update cycle. Thanks for this page!
Exactly, very aggresive! 🙂
Thank you for a handy reference on SQL-Azure updates. I appreciate it.
Sure. No problem.
Very useful list..
I am glad, it was helpful!