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Introductie van Micorosoft SQL Server 2016

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158 C H A P T E R 8 | Improved Azure SQL Database C H A P T E R 8 Improved Azure SQL Database Microsoft Azure SQL Database was one of the first cloud services to offer a secure, robust, and flexible database platform to host applications of all types and sizes. When it was introduced, SQL Database had only a small subset of the features available in the SQL Server database engine. With the introduction of version V12 and features such as elastic database pools, SQL Database is now an enterprise-class platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. Furthermore, its rapid development cycle is beneficial to both SQL Database and its on-premises counterpart. By integrating new features into SQL Database ahead of SQL Server, the development team can take advantage of a full testing and telemetry cycle, at scale, that allows them to add features to both products much faster. In fact, several of the features in SQL Server 2016 described in earlier chapters, such as Always Encrypted and Row-Level Security, result from the rapid development cycle of SQL Database. Introduction to SQL Database Microsoft Azure SQL Database is one of many PaaS offerings available from Microsoft. It was introduced in March 2009 as a relational database-as-a-service called SQL Azure, but it had a limited feature set and data volume restrictions that were useful only for very specific types of small applications. Since then, SQL Database has evolved to attain greater parity with its on-premises predecessor, SQL Server. If you have yet to implement a cloud strategy for data management because of the initial limitations of SQL Database, now is a good time to become familiar with its latest capabilities and discover how best to start integrating it into your technical infrastructure. In this

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