ScottGu announced the Azure Conference today at BUILD. Have to say that I'm looking forward to it. If you want a bunch of Azure content, online and free, you can register for more info here:
Late last night I got to record an interview with Conor Cunningham.
Most people that know Conor have come across him as the product team wizard that knows so much about query processing and optimization in SQL Server. Conor is currently spending quite a lot of time working on Windows Azure SQL Database, which we used to know as SQL Azure.
I'm still trying to think of a good way to say "WASD". I suppose I'll pronounce it like "wassid". Windows Azure SQL Reporting is easier. I think it just needs to be pronounced like "wazza" with a very Australian accent.
In the show, we've spent time on the current state of the platform, on dispelling a number of common misbeliefs about the product, and hopefully on answering most of the common questions that seem to get asked about it. We then ventured into Federations, Data Sync, and Reporting.
You'll find the show (and previous shows) here: http://www.sqldownunder.com/Resources/Podcast.aspx
PS: For those that like transcripts, we've got the process for producing them much improved now and the transcript should also be up within a few days.
Nice to see the increase in maximum database size on SQL Azure kicked up to 150GB.
In most enterprises I go into, there are a few databases that wouldn't fit but now the vast majority of databases would fit in SQL Azure.
Also included in the November release are federations and an updated management portal.