When storing data in the cloud the main concern companies generally have is whether or not their data is safe. And what can be done to ensure that the following 4 scenarios are addressed:Read more »
You have to agree with me, when public clouds were introduced your thought was that you will never put your production data in there. Our idea was that your data is exposed, insecure and vulnerable. This was not the case back then, it is not case at the moment as well.Read more »
Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a managed cloud database for programmers/developers to develop their products easier due to less involvement in maintenance allowing the customer to concentrate on their products, because, most of the data maintenance or infrastructure is taken care by the cloud service providers.Read more »
The Azure SQL Database firewall lets you decide which IP addresses may or may not have access to either your Azure SQL Server or your Azure SQL database.
When creating an Azure SQL Database, the firewall needs to be configured before anyone will be able to access the database. By default, no external access to your SQL Database will be allowed until you explicitly assign permission by creating a firewall rule.Read more »
In our chapter about PolyBase, we presented this new SQL Server 2016 feature to query CSV files stored in Azure Storage accounts. We mentioned that in PolyBase you can query data in Hadoop (HDInsight) using SQL Server. HDInsight is a very popular system in Azure that eventually you will need to interact with if you use SQL Server. That is why we will give an explanation for newbies about it.Read more »
Lately database administrators often hear the question “have you tried Azure?“ or “can we use Azure for some of our databases?“. For me it was hard to answer these questions at first, but after a while I got to know what is really important behind these situations. In fact, what really matters is assessing the current environment, calculating the most suitable pricing tier and preparing a smooth migration.Read more »
After receiving new additions to backup and restore capabilities of SQL Servers like file and page restores, I thought that nothing will surprise me anymore, but well, here it is; SQL Server file-snapshot backups in Azure.Read more »
There are several options to upload SQL Server backups files, scripts or other files to Azure. In this new article, we will show how to use a new tool, Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer (MASE).Read more »
If you have an Azure SQL Database, it is possible to replicate the data in multiple locations. In this new chapter, we will explain how to do it. This article has 3 sections:Read more »
A couple of weeks ago I got this idea to capture twitter feeds and store it in a relational database structure. I wanted to be able to do some trend analysis, to see what days certain hashtags get used more than other as well as to be able to go back to certain tweets and see what I can learn from them. I tried to get the Twitter API to work for me, but had no luck. So I came across Microsoft Flow which seems to make this process very easy.Read more »
In our last chapter, we talked about DocumentDB, which is available in Azure and explained that it is an Azure Database used to store NoSQL documents.
In this new article, we will show how to create and query the database from zero. The only requirement is to have an Azure Account. If you have an Azure account, this tutorial will take you just 10 minutes (if not, you can complain in the comments section below 😉 ).Read more »
In the Azure Portal, you will find the option to install Azure DocumentDB. So, what is DocumentDB, exactly?Read more »
The elastic database is a new feature offered for SQL Azure Databases. Elastic databases are useful when you have several databases and you want to monitor and manage all the databases at the same time. To do this, a pool is required. The pool allows handling several databases at the same time.
In this chapter, we will learn how to create the pool and add SQL Azure Databases to it.Read more »
There are two main options in Azure to handle SQL databases:
- Azure SQL Database.
- SQL Server on Azure VM.
In this chapter, we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each option.Read more »
In this new article, we will create a SQL Server Report using SQL Server Reporting Services from a SQL Server machine installed in an Azure Virtual Machine. We will show step by step how to connect from a local machine to a VM Azure Database and generate a SQL report.Read more »
As the time of the release of the next version of SQL Server is closing in, the cycle of Community Technical Preview (CTP) releases is shorter and shorter – we are now at CTP3 and the product seems very much mature for release. There is a handful of features not yet implemented, that was on the roadmap – but I bet you the SQL Team will go an extra length to get the features ready for the final release.
This post will show you how to get started with testing/using the newest version of the CTP.Read more »
Azure is a simple and cheap way to have a Database. You can rent your Azure Database of 2 GB per 5 USD per month. That is a very cheap price. You can also administer your Database from your Android or your iPhone, which is very interesting.
It is also possible to create your Windows Application using Visual Studio and connect to SQL Azure. In this new chapter, we are going to create Windows application in C# and connect to a SQL Azure database. We are going to retrieve the information of a table stored in Azure in our Windows application.Read more »
In this new article, we will use Visual Studio to connect to a SQL Server Database Installed in a Virtual Machine in Azure.
Visual Studio is one of the most popular development tools in the world and connecting to Azure with Visual Studio is a very common need.
We will modify an existing SQL Server table in Azure from Visual Studio. Later we will create a stored procedure and finally, we will create an inline table-valued function.Read more »