SQL Server

Azure Prices Falling Again

I am abit slow in this but I wanted to post that the prices on Azure have dropped again. Microsoft is keeping the rates similar to what Amazon is charging for AWS. http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/details/ I highlighted the areas below where the prices are dramatically different then before.  With this an extra small compute instance is now […]

SQL Azure Pricing Changes

I know I am a bit late with this post, but wanted to spread the news of the changes to the pricing for SQL Azure. I have been looking at this myself lately because I am debating moving hosting companies and might need the extra SQL space. SQL Azure had two options to start with. […]

Free beta SQL exam

The folks over at the certification group at Microsoft are offering a free beta exam for the new 70-433. Remember that beta exams are numbered with a 71 and not a 70. This is a nice exam to get you started with the new SQL Server 2008. http://blogs.technet.com/betaexams/archive/2008/09/17/register-for-beta-exam-71-433-microsoft-sql-server-2008-database-development-beginning-september-19-2008.aspx Good luck on the exam. Remember that […]

SQL Server 2008 RTM!!!

SQL Server 2008 has now been released on TechNet. One thing that you will notice is that there are many different versions available. Something that will be seen soon is that this does not include a new Express version yet. I would guess that this would be released soon as well. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/bb851664.aspx This is exciting […]

Microsoft Certified Master

Microsoft is working on and has announced a new certification program called the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM). This is not a replacement for the Architect program and it is not an enhancement to the existing programs like MCITP. From Trika’s blog, you can see that this certification is not for the light hearted. It costs […]