Azure without SQL
by Mark Seemann,
Just like on-premise web applications, most cloud-based applications are powered by data. In traditional on-premise architectures, a relational database such as SQL Server is normally used to host the data.
While the Azure platform offers SQL Azure to make migration easier, it also offers a set of highly scalable storage services that take a different approach to data storage: Tables, Blobs and Queues. They pose a new set of challenges to application designers since they are offer no transactional or relational consistency. In this session we will take a look at some practical application design considerations for working with these storage technologies.