19 April 2012

Red Gate Cloud Services – something new

Red Gate has now launched a hosted service for maintaining cloud applications that is free to try out too. It is designed to make it easy to schedule backups of your SQL Azure database


For the past several months I’ve been working on something new. This is a hosted service for maintaining cloud applications cunningly named Red Gate Cloud Services. It’s been live since the beginning of the year and it’s free to try out too.

Schedule SQL Azure Backups

Simply put, you can schedule backups of your SQL Azure database to be performed really easily, I’ve been driving to keep the UI as clean and modern as I can and with the help of tools like twitter bootstrap and MVC3 I feel I’ve achieved something quite special.

Not skimping on the features, this allows you to set a retention policy, get a transactionally consistent backup and recieve e-mail alerts for success and failures.


Backup your Azure blobs to Amazon S3

The next full scale tool feature that is available is that you can just as easily schedule a backup of your Azure blobs to Amazon S3. It really is this simple to use. In fact a few customers (yes people really do pay $10 a month for this) have said they’d like the option to synchronise whole storage accounts – so I’ll make that happen.



There is an active community forming around the tool to help guide the development, after all in order for this tool to be truly useful I need input of what you’d like to get from it. This is being developed as a lean startup within the fold of Red Gate so I don’t have to worry about paying my mortgage while developing it, which is nice. If you’re not familiar with the term lean startup you should really read Eric Ries’ book

Did I mention it’s free to try it out yet? Also, you can check out its development history by looking at the development announcements blog

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Richard Mitchell works at Red Gate and, for his sins, has lately been building the latest versions of their website and intranet. He has also worked on the SQL Data Compare engine and is currently battling CLR demons in developing the next version of ANTS Profiler. In his spare time he scares partridges riding his motorbike around the fens and decorates his new house.

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  • Richard Mitchell

    You’re not the first to mention the multiple container setup problem. I’m going to allow a regex of containers in one schedule soon. Drop me a line so I can involve you in the development.

  • Terminal solution

    Redgate Cloud Services is probably the closest fit for my requirements but it seems to require quite a time-consuming configuration per container.

  • Geoff

    Superb bit of kit. Whilst we love SQL Azure and have no reason to doubt its resilience it’s nice to know there is a simple solution.

  • Craig

    This product rocks. Having a nightly backup of your SQL Azure database is a much needed feature.