Cloud Computing

T14 Deciding Between Relational Databases and Tables in the Cloud


2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Level: Intermediate

Michael Stiefel

Michael Stiefel


Reliable Software, Inc.

When you put data in a computing cloud, the requirements of consistency, availability and partitioning can conflict. This means when building highly available and scalable applications, you may have to give up classic ACID database transactions and relational database features such as foreign keys, joins, and stored procedures. How do you then handle data versioning, and latency? The Microsoft cloud platform gives you two data technologies: Tables and Blobs, and SQL Azure. When do you use one or the other? This talk will talk about how to architect, design, and implement data storage in this new world.

You will learn:

  • An understanding of how to use the two different persistence mechanisms in Azure: SQL Azure and Azure tables.
  • How to use Azure tables, and relational databases when appropriate. If architects and developers do not understand how to use the appropriate means for data storage, their applications will not perform appropriately and will be unusable.
  • Know how and when to use transactions and how to partition data in cloud computing.



Keynote Announced!

Cameron Skinner

Visual Studio 11: Turning Ideas into Software

The world of software today is defined by the word “Experience”. You can see it in the way people have adopted new experiences for devices of different form factors, you can see it in how people want to experience their information and you can see it in the context of how people interact to build software solutions. Regardless of the solution you’re building, the fundamental need for a compelling experience exists. In Visual Studio 11, Microsoft aims to ensure that developers have all the tooling to create compelling user experiences, an IDE that sets a new bar for the developer experience and a family of products dramatically improves the team experience for everyone.

Cameron Skinner, General Manager, Visual Studio Ultimate, Microsoft


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