Embarcadero, a provider of multi-platform database tools and developer software, has announced a special edition of DBArtisan for SQL Azure. DBArtisan is Embarcadero's database administration tool for heterogeneous DBMS environments, and provides consistent and unified support for all major database platforms including Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL, Oracle and Sybase ASE. SQL Azure Database is Microsoft's cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server technologies. It provides a highly available, scalable, multi-tenant database service hosted by Microsoft in the cloud which helps to ease provisioning and deployment of multiple databases. SQL Azure Database can help reduce costs by integrating with existing toolsets and providing symmetry between on-premise and cloud databases.
DBArtisan for SQL Azure has schema extraction and migration capabilities that enable organizations to more quickly deploy cloud applications and migrate some or all of their existing SQL Server database schema to SQL Azure Database. DBArtisan for SQL Azure provides for basic database administration at the schema level, including object management and editors, SQL editing and schema extraction, as well as migration utilities to facilitate data migration from Microsoft SQL Server to SQL Azure. The tool enables enterprises to build symmetrical on-premise and cloud-based SQL Azure Database deployments, reducing in-house IT infrastructure costs and making certain data sets more readily available to offsite consumers.
"We believe that independent software vendors will be a large market for SQL Azure because they want to focus on applications rather than data management, and DBArtisan for SQL Azure will help them utilize it because of its data migration and data management capabilities," Scott Walz, senior director of product management for Embarcadero, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "Now, ISVs will be able to write applications that access some data from internal, on-premise databases and some from SQL Azure in the cloud."
The free special edition trial license, which includes full versions of DBArtisan Standard Edition for SQL Server and DBArtisan for SQL Azure, can be downloaded for free here.