dbForge SQL Azure Backup 1.0
A tool for creating SQL Azure database backup copies to local drive, SQL Server.
dbForge SQL Azure Backup is an easy GUI tool for creating backup copies of SQL Azure database to local drive, SQL Server, or Azure Blob Storage for development or archive purposes.
The tool enables easy creation of backups as a set of T-SQL scripts packed into ZIP archive, or just copy cloud database to on-premise SQL Server. SQL Azure Backup consists of 4 components:
* Windows Azure service
* GUI application to backup databases
* Two console applications: for backup and restore
* PowerShell interface and .NET Framework API
* Transparent backup format
The backup is just a simple ZIP archive with T-SQL scripts, which can be run with any tool like SSMS or sqlcm, that means you can restore the database in any environment.
* Charge-free bandwidth
Unlike transmitting data from SQL Azure to your local PC, you don't have to pay when SQL Azure and the deployed service are in the same region. User has to pay only for storing backups on Blob Storage.The engine does not require temporary disk space and consumes only 20Mb of RAM, what reduces charges for average disk space usage.
* Less space consumption
The maximum ZIP compression of T-SQL scripts yields fairly small .zip file, which is even smaller than the original database .mdf file compressed with ZIP, or compressed backup .bak file. Storing such small files on Blob Storage will significantly reduce monthly expenses.
* Easy database restoring
The backup consists of three T-SQL scripts: create database itself, create database objects, fill tables with data. All scripts are compatible with any SQL Server (Azure/2005/2008/2011), thus you can execute them via any tool, like SSMS or sqlcmd.
* Periodical backup by schedule
The service for Windows Azure can be configured to periodically make backup of a database, the lifetime of a backup file can be specified so that the service deletes it to free up the space on Blob Storage.
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