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Windows Azure SQL Database is a database service provided as part of the Windows Azure Platform. It is based on Microsoft SQL Server, and provides many of the same features. Unlike SQL Server, which is provided as a software package that you install and maintain, SQL Database is provided as a service that is hosted on hardware in Microsoft datacenters. SQL Database takes care of maintaining the hardware and software layer, freeing you to concentrate on database design.
Since SQL Database maintains the hardware and software for your database, provisioning a new database is very straightforward and easy; you request a new database and Microsoft provisions one automatically for you. Data stored in SQL Database is also highly available, as each database hosted in the Microsoft data center has three copies: one primary and two secondary replicas. All reads and writes go through the primary, and any changes are replicated to the secondary replicas asynchronously.
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Really a nice guide.