Report: Microsoft to bring full SQL Server database to cloud

One motivation may by competitors' recent announcements

Microsoft, which last year announced plans to bring a limited version of its SQL Server database online, now plans to offer a fully capable cloud version.

Microsoft told The Register earlier this week that it plans to incorporate as many features from its flagship database into SQL Data Services (SDS) before the cloud-computing platform upon which it will run, Windows Azure, is released.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Wall Street analysts earlier this week that Azure, currently in beta form, would be finalized by the time of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in November. Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a follow-up posting at its SDS blog, Microsoft confirmed that at its MIX Web developer show next month, it will be "unveiling some new [SDS] features that are going to knock your socks off."

SDS was announced at MIX last spring. Still in beta, SDS was to offer a fraction of SQL Server's feature set and was aimed at developers at startups and smaller Web-focused companies with limited database experience.

This would be easier and cheaper to set up than a full, on-premises SQL Server, or even hosted version of SQL Server, which Microsoft already allowed its partners to sell.

In that scenario, users often still need to manage -- albeit remotely -- a full SQL Server database, and usually also buy SQL Server licenses and the underlying hardware.

Microsoft has acknowledged that pressure from partners and customers motivated it to enhance its upcoming Web 2.0-compliant SDS.

It may also have been motivated by cross-town cloud computing rival, Amazon.com, which offers a full version of SQL Server and Oracle 11g and MySQL via its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) app hosting service.

Other vendors announcing cloud versions of their databases in the past year include Aster Data Systems, Vertica Systems, and even IBM.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags cloud computingsql server

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Eric Lai

Computerworld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2018

Secure and Save before time runs out with Bitdefender Exclusive Clearance Offer! Get Bitdefender Total Security 2018 Now!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?