SQL Azure Invitation Codes

Updated March 2010: In February of 2010 the Windows Azure Platform reached commercial availability. The benefit of this is the platform is ready for production use. One of the downsides is that you can’t get invitation codes for free. There are some offers available for getting started with Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric. You can check these out here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/offers/.

Now that CTP1 is out the door a question that keeps coming up is…  “I registered for a token a couple months ago…  When am I going to get an email with my Invitation Code?”  We are glad that people are as excited about the SQL Azure release as we are so we love this question!

Over the next week or two everyone who has already signed up for a SQL Azure Invitation Code should be receiving an email sent to the address associated with your Live ID containing the token and a link to redeem it.  We understand that everyone would like their tokens yesterday but we need to work through the list and ramp up the service.

Once the list of current requests has been processed, new requested will be fulfilled within a day or two.

We are working on integrating the SQL Azure and Windows Azure provisioning experience.  We realize that it is very inconvenient to have to have to make requests for two different tokens from different places. 

What about customers who already have an account on the previous version of SQL Data Services/SQL Server Data Services which had an ACE model with a REST API?  When will they get tokens?  We will be providing all of those users with a token, but in the meantime I’d recommend that all of those users sign up for the CTP.

If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the CTP today!

SSDS -> SDS -> SQL Azure

I was listening to an awesome speaker yesterday who said…  “Apparently, names have betas too.” which I think was a great way to put it.  A couple of weeks ago at WPC we announced a branding change to our RDMS in the cloud.  It was originally called SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) when it was originally released.  We rebranded it to SQL Data Services (SDS) as of PDC last year.  It is now called SQL Azure.  SQL Azure is the umbrella term for the database platform components that we will be launch into the Windows Azure platform, the first of which is SQL Azure Database (SADb).  David Robinson wrote a great post here.

Details on TSQL Support in SQL Data Services – Coming Soon!

Stayed tuned…  Within the next week or so the SDS team will be publishing more details on what TSQL features will be supported.  There are three basic categories:

  • Supported
  • Partially Supported
  • Unsupported

As you might expect, most DML is Support, a lot of Manageability stuff is Unsupported and certain DDL clauses fall into the Partially Supported category.

I’ll follow-up once the details are released.

SDS is now a Killer Database in the Cloud

I’ve been working on SQL Server and SQL Data Services evangelism for the past year and half…  There was a period of time when SDS didn’t look much like SQL Server so telling the story of how SDS fit into the Microsoft Data Platform was much more difficult.  With today’s announcement about the changes to SDS things are starting to look the same.

The basic principle is that SDS is now a full relational database in the cloud.  We get all of the same high-availability and automatic scale that SDS has always promised with the common database programming paradigms we all know and love: tables, triggers, stored procs, foreign keys…

I recorded an interview with Nigel Ellis, SDS Architect, which we’ll be publishing on Channel 9 shortly after mix.