we now have 3 (three) options to run SQL server on CLOUD.


Following the announcements at “Meet Windows Azure” event, we now have three options to run SQL Server on CLOUD; They are:

1. SQL Azure which is now called Windows Azure SQL Database

2. SQL Server on Windows Azure VM Roles (Nice addition, in my opinion!)

3. SQL Server on Amazon Web Services RDS

And apart from these options,

if you can fire up a VM on cloud and decide to run SQL Server on it – that’s also SQL Server on CLOUD.

Update 22 June 2012:

Naveen commented about running SQL Server on Amazon EC2.


Forum Q&A: Is SQL azure and SQL Server the same?



Is SQL azure and SQL Server the same?


I would recommend you read:

1. General Guidelines and Limitations SQL Azure (BOL)

2. SQL Azure vs SQL server (Technet Wiki)

3. Diagrammatic representation of “SQL Azure VS SQL server”