Oct
27
2008

ETL in the cloud, or just for the cloud?

Lots of comments today about PDC and the Microsoft executives discussing Windows Azure, the new platform for cloud computing. "Everyone" - that is, Matthew Roche and Jamie Thomson - noticed (without even being present!) the "ETL" on Bob Muglia's slide, which it's now my turn to borrow:

SQL Services - Bob Muglia PDC SLide

Do folks really want ETL *in* the cloud? That will be interesting to see. If you're interested in ETL *to or from* the cloud today, don't miss the SQL Server Data Services Connectors sample released by the SQL Server Integration Services product team on the Codeplex site. This sample consists of a connection manager, a data flow source, and a data flow destination for SQL Server Data Services. Matt Masson blogged about this sample here.

Ben Romano from the Seattle Times enjoyed the irony of naming a "cloud" OS for the clear blue sky: "In Seattle, a sky is azure when it's just partly cloudy. We're more accustomed to totally overcast skies, which you might compare with pervasive cloud computing."

-Doug