You may already know that the cloud provides always-on architecture, automatic monitoring and management, enterprise-class security, fast access to a range of resources, integrated disaster recovery, optimized infrastructure, and simplified IT operations.
Learn more about the characteristics, architecture, ownership, barriers, concerns, benefits, disadvantages, and challenges of the cloud with the following free resources.
- infographics: Why you should learn about databases in the cloud?
- Geek Sync webcast: A Visual model of cloud computing by Henry Nirsberger
- webcast: Center of gravity: The new reality for databases by Robin Bloor
- webcast: Cloud considerations by Mike Fal
- webcast: Geek Sync: Data modeling in the cloud
- blog post: Beyond Cloud: The Multi-Hybrid Data Ecosystem
- blog post: Managing Mountains of Data with the Cloud by Bert Scalzo
- blog post: How to Secure your data in the cloud
- blog post: The most powerful reaction in IT
- blog post: Troubleshooting Common cloud database connectivity issues
- blog post: What's the most important thing SQL Server DBAs want to learn in 2018?
- blog post: 2017: A New Year with new projects?
- blog post: A 2016 future so bright you gotta wear shades?
- blog post: 2015 State of the cloud report
Microsoft Windows Azure
- whitepaper: Windows Azure SQL Database architecture by Herve Roggero
- whitepaper: Introduction to Windows Azure SQL Database by Herve Roggero
- Geek Sync webcast: Introduction to performance tuning in Azure SQL Database by John Sterrett
- Geek Sync webcast: The future of the DBA: DevOps, the cloud paradigm, and the Microsoft Data Platform by Stuart R. Ainsworth
- blog post: Creating and using failover groups in Azure DBaaS – Part 1
- blog post: Creating and using failover groups in Azure DBaaS – Part 2
- blog post: Configuring tempdb on Azure IaaS for SQL Server
- blog post: How to make a copy of a database on Windows Azure SQL Database
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
SQL Diagnostic Manager
- blog post: Setting up ER/Studio repository with Microsoft SQL Server in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
- whitepaper: SQL Doctor for the hybrid cloud
- blog post: How to Tune the performance of SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and Amazon RDS with SQL Doctor
SQL Diagnostic Manager is a robust performance monitoring, alerting and diagnostics solution for SQL Server. It supports Amazon RDS for SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database.
ER/Studio Data Architect is a powerful data modeling tool, and enables companies to discover, document, and re-use data assets. It supports data modeling operations for Microsoft Azure SQL Database along with SQL Server on an Azure VM.
DBArtisan protects data security by managing permissions and privileges for cloud and on-premises deployments of Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and more.
SQL Safe Backup provides a high-performance backup and recovery solution for SQL Server. It supports Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Microsoft Azure Blob Storage.
SQL Doctor analyzes cloud and on-premises deployments of Microsoft SQL Server (including Microsoft Azure SQL Database and Amazon RDS SQL Server) to generate expert recommendations with executable scripts to improve security and performance.
SQL Secure discovers security vulnerabilities and user permissions for SQL Server. It identifies who has access to what and sends alerts on violations of corporate policies. It supports Azure SQL Database.