According to a post on the SQL Azure Team Blog you can upgrade your CTP accounts to a paid commercial subscription starting today, below is an excerpt from that post
Starting today you will be able to upgrade your Community Technology Preview (CTP) account to a paid commercial subscriptions. If you upgrade your CTP accounts during the month of January, 2010, all Windows Azure platform usage incurred during this month will be at no charge. You will also have full visibility during this month to your Windows Azure platform usage. Billing and SLAs for all commercial accounts will begin on February 1st, 2010
Pricing is also announced, here is for example the Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special
Included each month at no charge: Standard Rates: Windows Azure SQL Azure AppFabric Data Transfers
Included each month at no charge:
You can get all the other pricing information here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/offers/
Now SQL Azure makes sense for some people and for some people it does not. In my case it does not since my databases are much bigger than what SQL Azure currently supports.
If you are thinking of migrating to SQL Azure I encourage you to listen to the following podcast on dotnetrocks: Huey and Wegner Migrate Us to SQL Azure. in this podcast a lot of things that will not work in SQL Azure but do work in SQL Server will be examined.
SQL Azure Migration Wizard
Before you migrate to SQL Azure for SQL Server I encourage you to check out the SQL Azure Migration Wizard. Here is what the SQL Azure Migration Wizard does
The SQL Azure Migration Wizard helps you migrate your local SQL Server 2005 / 2008 databases into SQL Azure. The wizard walks you through the selection of your SQL objects, creates SQL scripts suitable for SQL Azure, and allows you to migrate your data.
The SQL Azure Migration Wizard (SQLAzureMW) gives you the options to analyzes, generates scripts, and migrate data (via BCP) from:
- SQL Server to SQL Azure
- SQL Azure to SQL Server
- SQL Azure to SQL Azure
It will also analyze SQL Profiler trace files and TSQL script for compatibility issues with SQL Azure.
- If your source is a SQL Server database, SQLAzureMW will list all of the object types (i.e. Tables, Stored Procedures, Views, etc.) and let you decide which ones you want analyzed / scripted. Using the “Advanced” options you can tell SQLAzureMW which compatibility checks to perform and if the data should be migrated.
- If your source is a file containing TSQL, then you will be given the option to have SQLAzureMW check the TSQL for incompatibilities and fix where possible or just run the script without any compatibility checking.
- You can specify a SQL Profiler trace file for analysis.
You can download the SQL Azure Migration Wizard on CodePlex here: http://sqlazuremw.codeplex.com/