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Azure in Action by Brian Prince, Chris Hay

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Chapter 11. The Table service, a whole different entity

This chapter covers

  • Introducing the Table service
  • Getting started developing with the Table service
  • Using the Table service in a production environment

In typical web applications, you’d normally store your data in a relational database, such as SQL Server. SQL Server is great at representing relational data and is a suitable data store for many situations, but it’s very difficult to design scalable SQL Server databases at low cost. To get around the problems of scalability, Windows Azure provides its own table-based storage mechanism called the Table service.

 

Problems of scale in relational databases

As the web server load increases for a site, you may need to scale up the number ...

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