SQL Azure Billing Numbers Directly From Transact-SQL

Thanks to Karlo Bartels‘s comment on my previous post, here a detailed blogpost on Microsoft.com about the SQL Azure billing numbers/costs with the use of Dynamic Managed Views.

SQL Azure exposes two Dynamic Managed Views called sys.database_usage and sys.bandwidth_usage that show you the activity for your account. These can queried to understand your account usage from a billing perspective.

Database storage costs:

Bandwidth costs:

Download the code right here.

Thanks to Wayne Walter Berry and his post.

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Playing around with SQL Azure

I’ve started playing with SQL Azure on my ’30 days free SQL Azure trial’ and already got a few tips:

Login on SQL Azure’s Developer Portal and create a database.

Don’t forget to modify your Firewall settings of SQL Azure in order to connect to it (Tutorial):
A simple statement does the trick (execute on Master DB):

exec sp_set_firewall_rule N'Allow Project Houston','0.0.0.0','0.0.0.0'

An overview of security in SQL Azure

Project ‘Houston’ is very handy! 🙂

I’ve uploaded AdventureWorksDW2008R2 partially (28,2 MB) with Create-scripts and a small SSIS package:

An overview of my tables within SQL Azure:

I can’t find any traffic stats though.

Next on my to-do-list:
Start using SQL Azure within a PowerPivot workbook (performance check).

I’ll keep you guys posted!





Mobile Microsoft BI apps for your phone/tablet

BlueGranite Nitro – A free Windows Phone 7 BI application for Windows Phone 7 devices

Sketchmd for iPhone/iPad
Will Project ‘Crescent’ also be ported to the mobile platforms? Anyone?

It’s time for Microsoft to release a mobile app within the Microsoft BI Suite, running PowerPivot on a tablet will not work (lack of available memory).





Going independent as a freelancer/contractor!

Last month I made the decision to start working as a freelancer/contractor starting from the 1th of April 2011!
I’m very excited!

Launched my own company called BumbleBI IT (Dutch).