SQL Server Performance

Head in the Clouds

Discussion in 'EditorsBlog' started by shanetasker, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. shanetasker New Member

    As most people expected, Microsoft have used PDC to announce their future inactivates around cloud computing. As Mary-Jo Foley described, now that the initial pixie dust has settled folks are trying to digest just what the whole cloud platform means. My understanding of the cloud platform, which is known as 'Azure', is to provide developers the ability to write applications that run partially and/or entirely from the Web whilst achieving scale out. One analyst described Azure as 'wearing your underpants on the outside of your clothes'. This description is related to the paradigm shift in development as developers use the new platform to find ways to expose their applications to as many users as possible but still keep in mind factors such as security and scalability.
    So what does this mean for SQL Server? Well, according to Ray Ozzie, SQL Server will take on an especially important role in driving Microsoft's strategy by bringing more power to SQL Server in the cloud. Hopefully, what this will mean is that the concept of scale out and shared nothing architecture that will be required for SQL Server in the cloud will then been be available in the editions of SQL Server that can be installed on the servers in your data centre. What would you like to see come out of the cloud computing initiative that would make your life easier as a DBA?
    - Peter Ward

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