I spoke today at SQL Saturday #71 where I gave a talk on “Storing Data in the Cloud: Beyond SQL Azure” where I talk about the following:
- What is the Cloud
- How does SQL Azure compare with SQL Server
- What are the other storage options available on the Windows Azure Platform
There were many interesting questions from the audience of 20 or so people – One asked (paraphrasing here..) “Are the Microsoft Data Centers resilient to the radiation expected from a nuke” to which I did not have a good answer. To another question, Jeff Mlakar (@JeffMlakar) offered helpfully that the SQL Azure Data Sync service is an option for SQL Azure backups to on-prem and with geo-replicating SQL Azure across data centers.
We didn’t get to the end of the material due to lots of discussion… but we did get through the most critical concepts.
The EMP via nuke question was certainly… interesting. Great job on the presentation! Can’t wait for SQL Azure Federation.