* Posts by Dave Campbell

1 post • joined 14 Mar 2008

Microsoft reveals its database for the cloud

Dave Campbell

To clarify a couple of points...

I just want to clarify a couple of points in the comments. Firstly, there are a number of very large Internet properties that are powered by SQL Server including Microsoft's own Live properties. I believe there are > 15,000 SQL Server instances across all of our Internet properties. There are other big names you'd recognize as well. The point I was trying to make is that when you're designing for a data center containing 10^5 or 10^6 servers you do things differently than when you're designing for a typical enterprise deployment. Done right, you can drop both your capital and operational costs significantly.

Secondly, on the data model. We're starting with a pretty simple universal model to get the service up and running. Obviously this will evolve over time as we have the capabilities available in the back end to offer very rich schema and query support. What we're finding is that there are a pretty large number of interesting scenarios you can build out with just what we've announced thus far. We're looking forward to the feedback to figure out what to add next.

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