New version of SQL Data Services part of “Azure” CTP

Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicked off this week with a bang. We announced the availability of the latest version of SQL Data Services (SDS) (formerly SQL Server Data Services) as well as the SDK toolkit, as part of the Microsoft Azure™Services Platform (Azure) Community Technology Preview (CTP). Also announced was the upcoming CTP of SQL Data Services that will be available on November 1, 2008 with the rest of the Azure Limited CTP.

SDS can be used to store and query structured and unstructured data in a highly scalable and secure, Web-based environment. Since announcing SDS in March 2008, the team has been working to bring greater database functionality to make the service a richer relational database. New functionality of SDS includes the following:

  • Unlimited storage capacity
  • BLOB support
  • Rich queries (joins, Top, OrderBy)
  • Full text search
  • Transactional consistency
  • Built-in Replicas and Backups for Business Continuity
  • SDK (includes tools and samples)

SQL Data Services CTP

The SQL Data Services CTP will be available on November 1, 2008 with the rest of the Azure Limited CTP. On this date users will not need an invitation code to access the service. Click here to receive your login credentials:


SDS Customer Case Studies


NeoGeo provides a range of storage solutions such as neoMediaCenter for storing and managing digital media assets. NeoGeo was looking for a cost effective database solution that it could extend to its customers before adopting SDS. NeoGeo is seeing benefits such as seamless scalability, lower deployment and operational costs, and 50% faster development. Learn more.


Infosys Technologies defines, designs, and delivers IT-enabled business solutions for Global 2000 companies. One of Infosys’ customers in the automotive industry was in need of a solution that let dealers share information on inventories and other resources via the Web. Infosys turned to SDS for its ease of deployment, zero maintenance for their customer, scalability in adding new auto dealers, integration with legacy systems and ability to easily replicate the same solution for other vertical industries (healthcare, hospitality, etc). Learn more.

Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC)

The Professional Developers Conference is currently being held through October 30th in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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