Azure SQL Database “Premium” Preview

Azure SQL Database “Premium” limited preview is now available.  Premium edition databases offer performance advantages over the current Web and Business edition SQL Database offerings by allowing the reservation of a fixed amount of reserve capacity for a database, including it’s built-in secondary replicas.  This ability is ideal for applications with requirements such as:

  • High Peak Load
  • Many Concurrent Requests
  • Predictable Latency

Currently, two “reservation sizes”, P1 & P2, are being offered.  P1 offers better performance predictability than the current Web and Business editions, while P2 roughly doubles the performance of P1.   Premium databases are billed based on their reservation size and storage volume.

Sign up for the preview here:
Windows Azure Preview Features page

More details, including preview pricing are available here:
SQL Database Pricing

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