The General Availability of Windows Azure SQL Reporting Services solution enabling developers to build SQL Server Reporting Services solutions on Azure.
"With SQL Reporting on Azure, developers can use familiar tools such as the Business Intelligence Development Studio and SQL Server Data Tools to author reports, just as they do today when running SQL Server Reporting services on-premises," Microsoft stated.
SQL Reporting on Azure provides consistent APIs to view, execute and manage reports along with rich formatting and data visualization options. And, it also offers a fully backed SLA and enables you to publish reports to the cloud or embed reports directly within on-premises applications that can be accessed via your browser, mobile devices or desktops.
Additional capabilities of SQL Reporting on Azure include:
Elastic scale and high availability
- The SQL Reporting scales as your requirements grow with easy self-provisioning.
- The Service has built-in high availability and fault tolerance. SQL Reporting is available across Microsoft Data centers around the world.
- With SQL Reporting, you have the ability to export reports to various popular file formats including Excel, Word, HTML, PDF, XML, and CSV.
- The rich authentication and authorization model in SQL Reporting gives secure access to reports and underlying data. It keeps your data secure while offering access to even more users.
Microsoft offering free to try this service for billing periods beginning prior to August 1, 2012. "Thereafter, the charge will be $0.88 per hour per reporting instance, as detail here," Microsoft said.
To learn more about SQL Reporting, please click here.
Windows Azure Trust Center (WATC) provides customers and partners with easier access to regulatory compliance information.
"Azure now publishes a detailed SOC 1 Type 2 report for the core features. The audit report is available to Enterprise Agreement (volume licensing) customers under a non-disclosure agreement. The audit was conducted in accordance with SSAE 16 and ISAE 3402 standards," the Azure team stated.
"The SOC1 Type 2 audit report attests to the fairness of the presentation for Windows Azure service description. It also examines the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of the controls to achieve the related control objectives."
For more information, please visit the Windows Azure Trust Center compliance page.
The scope of the audit covers the following Windows Azure features:
- Cloud Services (includes Web and Worker roles)
- Storage (includes Blobs, Queues, and Tables)
- Networking (includes Traffic Manager and Windows Azure Connect)
- Virtual Network
- Virtual Machines
Mark Russinovich in the video talks on Windows Azure IaaS, Sysinternals, Cybersecurity, Trojan Horse: