Microsoft previews Azure cloud products

Microsoft has given the world a glimpse of its Azure cloud products. The IT giant has released previews of SQL Azure, the database for its Azure cloud infrastructure platform, and SQL Server StreamInsight, its entrant to the CEP (complex event processing) arena.

Microsoft has also announced a SQL Server driver that will provide Azure support for PHP.

SQL Azure Database will be offered in two tiers - the web edition will cost US$9.99(£6) a month and allow up to 1GB of data, while the Business Edition will include up to 10GB and cost $99.99 per month, according to an official blog post. However it is availble at no charge until its commercial launch in November.

SQL Server StreamInsight, which will compete with Tibco and IBM's CEP technologies and focuses on finding insights from real-time information.

CEP software analyses streams of transactions looking for certain patterns or correlations and if required it triggers a response.

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