Microsoft is creating technology to give businesses more fine-grained control
over access to data stored in the company’s upcoming SQL Azure database cloud
service, a senior engineer said today. Code-named Vidalia, the technology will
provide "trustworthy data collaboration for highly sensitive business data
across disparate trust domains," said Microsoft technical fellow Dave Campbell
in a talk at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference 2009 (PDC09) in Los
Translation: Companies will be able to define and enforce policies
controlling who can see what data at a very detailed level.