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Posted On Friday, August 31, 2012 10:48 AM

Earn $50 with Microsoft's Cloud Cash Contest
Microsoft has a sweepstakes where they are giving away a $50 gift certificate each week through June 14. More info here:

Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2012 6:58 PM

New DataCenter Options for Windows Azure
Effective immediately, new compute and storage resource options are now available when selecting data center options in the Windows Azure Portal. "West US" and "East US" options are now available, for Compute and Storage. SQL Azure options for these two data centers will be available in the next few months. The official announcement can be found here.In terms of geo-replication:US East and West are paired together for Windows Azure Storage geo-replicationUS North and South are paired together for ......

Posted On Thursday, April 5, 2012 2:10 PM

Move a SQL Azure Server From One Subscription to Another
It is now possible to move your SQL Azure server from one subscription to another. Last week, the Windows Azure team added this new feature to the Windows Azure Management Portal. Permissions for moving a server between subscriptions simply require that you are an account administrator, Co-administrator, or service administrator in both the source and target subscriptions. Moving a SQL Azure server is simple; log in to the Windows Azure Management Portal and select the Database option in the Navigation ......

Posted On Monday, March 5, 2012 1:03 PM

3rd Annual South Florida SQL Saturday - August 13th!
The 3rd annual South Florida SQL Saturday event will be help August 13th, 2011 at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. This is a change in venue from last year as DeVry is in the middle of a major remodling project. We has almost 450 last year, and we expect to have over 500 this year with great speakers such as Andy Warren, Herve Roggero, and more! As always, we our goal is to feed you well, so we are shooting for some hot lunch food this year. We are working on that now and will update you ......

Posted On Monday, June 27, 2011 1:10 PM

Enzo Backup for SQL Azure Beta Released!
Blue Syntax is happy to announce the release of their SQL Azure database backup product! Enzo Backup for SQL Azure offers unparalleled backup and restored functionlity and flexibility of a SQL Azure database. You can download the beta release here: With Enzo Backup for SQL Azure, you can: Create a backup blob, or a backup file from a SQL Azure database Restore a SQL Azure database from a backup blob, or a backup file Perform limited backup and restore of SQL ......

Posted On Monday, June 27, 2011 1:02 PM

Full Version of AdventureWorks database for SQL Azure and and SQL Azure Federations
Some Background The AdventureWorks database has been around for over a decade; a staple amongst sample databases. The first version of the AdventureWorks database appeared in time for SQL Server 2000. Microsoft has been good at keeping the AdventureWorks sample database up to date as new versions of SQL Server are released. Case-in-point: SQL Server 2012 is at RC0 and yet you can already find a version of AdventureWorks for it (albeit, it really isn’t that different from the SQL Server 2008 R2 version). ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2012 5:09 PM

REDUCED SQL Azure Pricing!
You asked for it, you got it! To help meet the needs of existing and future SQL Azure customers, Microsoft has announced that they are lowering the price of SQL Azure, and as well introducing a 100MB database option! The new pricing structure will result in cost savings from 48% to 75% of SQL Azure databases for databases larger than 1GB. Additionally, the new 100MB database option has been added to enable new customers to start using SQL Azure at half the cost of the previous price, yet still provide ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:43 PM

Understanding SQL Azure Throttling and Implementing Retry Logic
I have seen a number of questions lately regarding how SQL Azure handles throttling and how to determine why the throttling occurred. Sometimes those questions are followed by another question asking how to handle throttling conditions in their applications. Troubleshooting SQL Azure Throttling GREAT NEWS! There actually is a way to find out if you are throttled and why, and the results of the throttling. The key is to look at the error message coming back to you. You’ll typically see an error message ......

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2012 1:04 PM

Enzo Backup for SQL Azure Released!
Blue Syntax is pleased, and very excited, to announce the general availability of Enzo Backup for SQL Azure. It took a monumental effort to put this product together. The hardest part was designing the backup and restore routines in a way that would not constently trigger the throttling safegaurds in SQL Azure. In addition to the typical retry logic, adaptive loading algorithms that know how to "slow down" the data read/load based on specific error conditions was also incorporated, while keeping ......

Posted On Friday, October 14, 2011 4:57 PM

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