Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Introducing SQL Server Data Services

Finally!  I can start to talk what I have been working on for the last three months.  Today, Ray Ozzie announced the release of SQL Server Data Services (SSDS).  SSDS is our cloud-based data storage and processing service.  Exposed over HTTP endpoints (REST or SOAP), SSDS delivers your data anywhere in a pay-as-you-go manner.  Fundamentally different than other storage services available today is the fact that SSDS is built on the SQL platform.  This allows us over time to expose richer and richer capabilities of the underlying platform.  Today, we have a set of simple query capabilities that allow us to still build quite sophisticated applications in 'scale-free' manner.

Over the coming weeks and months, I will be blogging more about the shape of the service as well as introducing some very cool samples that show off the power of SSDS.

For more SSDS coverage, checkout the SSDS Team Blog as well.

MIX Sessions

If you are attending MIX08, Nigel Ellis will be delivering a session on SSDS on Thursday at 8:30am in the Delfino 4005 Room. Session recording as well as slides will be available within 24 hours at

Additionally, we will have a few Open Space sessions available for more information:

  • Thursday 12pm – Soumitra Sengupta will talk about the business value of SSDS at Area 1 of Open Space.
  • Thursday 2pm – Jeff Currier and Jason Hunter will talk about developing with SSDS in the Theatre area at Open Space.
  • Friday 11:30am – Istvan Cseri will talk about architecting for SSDS at Area 1 of Open Space.

Beta Opportunity

A limited beta for SSDS will be starting soon.  If you are interested in participating, I encourage you sign up.