SQL Data Services (SDS) has been available as a cloud service but until now we have been told it is NOT SQL Server in the cloud and is not to be seen as a RDBMS. There has since been a big change to that with the announcement that SDS will be enchanced with TDS, yay another TLA, TDS = Tabular Data Stream, or, a full RBBMS in the cloud.
The SQL Data Services Team blog lists, among other features:
Visual Studio Compatibility?...Check
so there we have it, apparently you can just point your connection string towards the gathering clouds and thats it. Time to run a demo on this i think, coming soon....
The full announcment is available here .