Microsoft, SQL Azure

Updated: SQL Azure web portal–does it work in Chrome?

The short answer would appear to be yes (after an update to the Silverlight installation that did require a browser restart). 

The Azure team had a number of announcements and releases today.  The most interesting of which for Azure in general is the support of Node.js.  Here’s a link to a 4 minute MSDN video demo.

There were also a number of interesting updates to SQL Azure.  These include the following:

1) Maximum database size now up from 50 GB to 150 GB

2) Price cap (for max size) at $ 499 US – was old cap for 50 GB

3) Federations – support creation in web management portal

4) Updated (Metro-style) management portal

Here’s a link to the SQL Azure announcements and a link to the Windows Azure announcements. 

Screen Shots

Here are some screen shots of the updated management portal.

First the ‘Overview’ screen – with clickable (Metro-style) tiles.


Next the Administration screen – it shows service usage.  Also you can create a new SQL Azure Federation by clicking the highlighted button (upper right).


Next is a query screen – as shown below you may note that you can now view both actual and estimated execution plans via GUI output in the web portal.  There is, however, still NO intellisense when you type in T-SQL queries.


Next is a nice addition – shown below is a dependency diagram.


Overall, this is a good release, adding some features that I will use.  What do you think, have you tried it out yet? 

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