Microsoft released the Preview for the Premium database offering, Windows Azure SQL Database in July. Formerly known as SQL Azure, Windows Azure SQL Database is a feature-rich, fully managed relational database service that incorporates Microsoft's proven SQL Server technology in a cloud environment.

Windows Azure updates continue to be released at a fast pace. Here are three recent Windows Azure updates related to SQL Server professionals.

  1. Auto-delete Azure SQL Database Servers with no databases—In Windows Azure SQL Database, if you have a server that hasn't had any user databases within the last 90 days, it will be automatically deleted.
  2. A single Azure subscription can handle multiple Active Directories (AD). If you're begining to explored hybrid SQL Server scenarios, this update is helpful to extend your on-premises AD to the cloud.
  3. New A5 size Azure virtual machines (VMs). The new A5 size Azure VMs will be a good option for many SQL Server Vms, especially those based on tabular data models.

Source: The Bit Bucket (Greg Low): IDisposable, SQLblog.com