This is an awesome jam packed weekend for me. I had the Windows8 Dev Camp yesterday, and SQL Saturday 157 today. If you are a Database Professional (DBA or Dev) and don’t know about SQL Saturday’s, do your self a favor and find out about them! They are free (or extremely inexpensive) events held on Saturdays at locations all around the world. They are organized by local members of your community and supported by PAAS. If you don’t see a SQL Saturday in your region, maybe you could help get one organized!
Anyhow, at the SQL Saturday #157 in San Diego today I have two sessions. You can grab my slides and demos here:
The first is an overview of Azure SQL Databases titled “SQL Azure – What is it and why do you need it?” In that session I go over the basics of Azure SQL Databases, the differences between Azure SQL Database and an on-premise SQL Server instance, as well as number of other topics including deployment, sync, reporting, etc.
My second session “Scaling your cloud database with SQL Federations” digs deeper into Azure SQL Database and Federations. Federations are one of the great benefits that a cloud based database has over an on premise installation of SQL Server. It provides an infrastructure for “sharding” large databases out over multiple “member” databases. Come to my session to learn more!