Microsoft brings Azure SQL Database to the edge (and Arm)


Microsoft right now introduced an fascinating replace to its database lineup with the preview of Azure SQL Database Edge, a brand new device that brings the identical database engine that powers Azure SQL Database within the cloud to edge computing gadgets, together with, for the primary time, Arm-based machines.

Azure SQL Edge, Azure company vp Julia White writes in right now’s announcement, “brings to the edge the same performant, secure and easy to manage SQL engine that our customers love in Azure SQL Database and SQL Server.”

The brand new service, which may even run on x64-based gadgets and edge gateways, guarantees to deliver low-latency analytics to edge gadgets because it permits customers to work with streaming knowledge and time-series knowledge, mixed with the built-in machine studying capabilities of Azure SQL Database. Like its bigger brethren, Azure SQL Database Edge may even help graph knowledge and comes with the identical safety and encryption options that may, for instance, shield the information at relaxation and in movement, one thing that’s particularly vital for an edge machine.

As White rightly notes, this additionally ensures that builders solely have to put in writing an software as soon as after which deploy it to platforms that characteristic Azure SQL Database, good outdated SQL Server on premises and this new edge model.

SQL Database Edge can run in each linked and totally disconnected vogue, one thing that’s additionally vital for a lot of use instances the place connectivity isn’t all the time a given, but the place customers want the form of knowledge analytics capabilities to maintain their companies (or drilling platforms, or cruise ships) working.


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