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Introducing Elastic Scale preview for Azure SQL Database

Today we are announcing the public preview of Elastic Scale for Azure SQL Database. The new Elastic Scale capabilities simplify the process of scaling out (and in) a cloud application’s data tier by streamlining development and management.

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SQL Server AlwaysOn and ILB

Internal load balancing (ILB) for Azure services was previewed in May 2014 and went into General Availability in July. Today, we are excited to bring both these technologies together; SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups can now be run with ILB. Availability Group is SQL Server’s flagship solution for high availability and disaster recovery.

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Azure SQL Database Point in Time Restore

In this final post in our series on Business Continuity I’m going to look at point-in-time restore, a self-service feature available for Basic, Standard, and Premium databases.

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Azure Web Application Gallery on azure.microsoft.com

The Azure Web Application Gallery makes it easy to explore, discover and install popular community ASP.NET, PHP, Python, Java and Node.JS applications on Azure Websites. Users can now browse and view applications to build dynamic websites ranging from personal blogs to eCommerce websites to corporate websites in just minutes.

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Microsoft and Oracle Partnership Helps Customers Embrace Cloud

Last year at Oracle OpenWorld we announced a partnership to run Oracle software on Microsoft Azure so that Oracle customers can run their enterprise applications in a globally available cloud platform and get the economic and agility benefits that come with it.