Tuesday, March 12, 2013

HIPAA compliance and SQL Azure pros and cons

Staying hip to HIPAA regulations: How one DBA stays compliant
Economic and political strife has put unprecedented pressure on IT staff to comply with regulations and keep their organization out of the headlines for non-compliance. In this two part feature, see how one database administrator is keeping his database compliant with the Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA). Afterwards, be sure to check out part two, “HIPAA compliance and SQL Server: Tricks and tools of the trade,” for tips and tricks to achieve HIPAA compliance with SQL Server.
The pros of Windows Azure SQL Database
Microsoft is pushing Windows Azure – their cloud infrastructure platform – as a major part of their overall cloud strategy. To support this drive, Windows Azure SQL Database, or SQL Azure, is now available to reinforce the viability of this platform. But should businesses be rushing to move their SQL database to the cloud? This first part of this feature takes a look at the pros of SQL Azure. Conversely, follow up with part two, “Why you should think twice about Windows Azure SQL Database,” for a closer look at some of the cons of SQL Azure so you can get the full picture when making your decision.

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