I listened to the keynote @ PDC this Morning while catching up from my travels. Windows Azure was the big news. Microsoft’s Cloud OS. In a nutshell, “.Net as a Service” but that does not do it justice. Read Mary Jo Foley’s detailed description.
They also announced SSDS is now just SQL Services except you can’t actually run any tsql(yet). They did mention they will begin to expose some more relational features as time goes on but it is not a RDMS as far as the developer is concerned. I have a lot of questions and no answers so I will break it down with three highly consumable marketing slides.
Image via Matthew Roche. This is the part that interests us.
Image via WindowServer blog. This is where SQL Services fits in.
Image via WindowServer blog. This is where cloud services fits into the Enterprise. 1. Not at all, 2. a hybrid and 3. all cloud with a browser client.