As SQL Azure and cloud-based development become more popular day by day, people
decide to use this service. But as you work, you pile up knowledge, skills, habits,
and the crucial question about moving to something new is "How much will I
have to change?".
Below we describe how you can work with SQL Azure using tools from dbForge for SQL
Server product line.
SQL Azure is a cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server technologies.
This service reduces costs on hardware and software, as it offers data-storage capabilities
without necessity of installing, setting, and managing any database.
SQL Azure Database will help you provision and deploy relational database solutions
to the cloud and will let you take advantage of a distributed data center that provides
enterprise-class availability, scalability, and security with the benefits of built-in
data protection and self-healing.
To learn more about SQL Azure and its costs, view
SQL Azure official site and
SQL Azure pricing.
As we've written already, SQL Azure can help you reduce start-up and operating expenses,
as you don't need to buy expensive servers, software and spend resources on maintaining
your server afterwards. But as for developing and maintaining databases, everything
remains the same: you will have to work with them as with databases on an ordinary
server. That's why you'll have to possess a number of tools for performing different
Microsoft did its best to make SQL Azure usage basics similar to those in SQL Server.
In its turn, Devart did all possible to provide efficient SQL Azure tools.
If you are used to working with SQL Server with the help of dbForge for SQL Server
tools, but want to try out SQL Azure service, you don't need to look for any
special tools, develop special skills, and spend more money on new software to perform
different database-related tasks. Just upgrade your tools to the version with SQL
Azure support and start working.
If you are new both to SQL Azure and dbForge SQL Azure tools, you can be sure of
getting a reliable and easy-to use applications for working with your databases.
Performing database development-related tasks on SQL Azure databases is easy with
dbForge Studio for SQL Server. Use this SQL Server IDE to
speed up day-to-day development and maintenance tasks.
With dbForge Schema Compare for SQL Server SQL Azure
database schemas can be compared and synchronized effortlessly.
If you are moving to SQL Azure from SQL Server, compare and synchronize your old
databases on physical SQL Server with the new ones on SQL Azure to have identical
dbForge Data Compare for SQL Server allows comparing
and synchronizing data of SQL Azure databases. With this tool, no data will be left
behind and lost when moving to the new server from SQL Server.
dbForge Query Builder for SQL Server lets you design
the most complex queries with several clicks of your mouse.
dbForge SQL Complete is an add-in for SQL Server Management
Studio and Visual Studio that provides powerful autocompletion and code formatting
capabilities and supports SQL Azure.
dbForge SQL Azure Backup can be used to create backup
copies of SQL Azure database to local drive, SQL Server, or Azure Blob Storage.
Almost all tools from the dbForge for SQL Server product line provide support for
SQL Azure, thus allowing users to perform cloud-based development and work with
SQL Azure databases as easily as they did with SQL Server ones.
If you are an SQL Server MVP,
send us a link to your Microsoft MVP profile and get a
free licence for any SQL Server product!