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What's New in SQL Server 2012 by Jon Reade, Rachel Clements

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SQL Azure: SQL Server in the cloud

What is the cloud? To put it in basic terms, it means that an external company hosts your databases on the servers in their data center, supported by their staff.

Why would we want someone else to have responsibility for our data, with all the risks, such as security, that it encompasses? As is often the case, it is about the bottom line and the potential cost savings of such a service. Fundamentally, you are buying software as a service (Saa). Paying for a service is a direct, non-taxable cost to the business and is considered an expense in most countries. This is known as operational expenditure, a service cost just like a gas or electricity utility bill. Your finance people probably refer to it as OPEX – operational ...

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