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Windows Azure Platform by Tejaswi Redkar

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Chapter 9. SQL Azure

SQL Azure is Microsoft's relational database service in the cloud. Any enterprise application, either cloud or on-premises, is incomplete without the support of a backend database. The database can be used to store business data, consumer data, or system data.

Applications are volatile, whereas databases are persistent. Front-end web applications usually depend on databases to persist business and system data. Therefore, databases usually are the bottleneck in a system and need careful attention when you're architecting scalability, high availability, and performance for a system. You can scale-out front-end web applications by adding more load-balanced nodes; but to scale-out database servers, you need to not only scale out ...

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