With the expansion of Microsoft’ Cloud data platform “global customers and partners can now take advantage of new SQL Azure features provide continued ease of design & deployment between on-premises and cloud DBMS, include: MARS (Multiple Active Results Sets), which simplifies app design process; ALTER rename process for symmetry in renaming databases; Application and Multi-server management for Data-tier Apps. Many customers looked to SQL Azure as an alternative to MySQL due to the fact that it provides simple way to offer highly available and publicly accessible data store. A primary issue customers have faced in migration process from database such as MySQL is the ability to support multiple active resultsets (MARS),” Robinson added. In addition, Data-tier Application allows customers to register & deploy Data-tier Applications on SQL Azure, by leveraging tools such as Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2 (for deployment), and SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2 (for registration). Databases can now also be renamed in order to ensure symmetry with SQL Server, via the ALTER rename option.
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