The cloud is efficient, economical and the wave of the future, according to Microsoft at the recent TechEd 2011 conference in Atlanta. Database platform specialist Mark Kromer recently spoke about some of the advancements being made in SQL Azure and how they are going to work in the cloud.
One of the most important questions for Kromer centered on the DAC framework, which allows users to build data-tier applications (DACs) and how this framework is going to change for the cloud. Kromer said that not only is the DAC framework being revised in DAC Framework 2.0, but that it will allow the migration of “DACPACs” between SQL Server at a local level and SQL Azure in the cloud. In addition, the 2.0 version of DAC “will include support for more data types (such as spatial data types) and better in-place upgrading.”
Kromer also spoke about how the new DAC software will be shipped, and confirmed that it is intended to combine many of the features in SQL Server with those in SQL Azure, and that it will all be available when SQL Denali ships out to consumers in late 2011 or early 2012. Currently, SQL Azure has a CTP available that will let users see what DAC can do under the new framework.
Microsoft is pushing hard for its Azure platform, as well as the idea that it is now coming around to support for both public and hybrid clouds. Pure public models did not have the support the company envisioned, and in order to compete in the expanding market place, Azure, along with features like DAC, had to be focused on synergy and transition in order to draw market interest, and Microsoft now looks poised for a quick cloud jump.