Looking at prerquisites etc. for installing Tridion Content Manager "in the cloud" and would like to double check a conclusion regarding Platform as a Service (PaaS) database options such as Windows Azure SQL and Amazon RDS.
Both Windows Azure SQL & Amazon RDS appear not to support distributed transactions. Distributed transactions and MS DTC are a prerequisite for Tridion Content Manager therefore neither can be used for the Content Manager database.
This may not be the only reason(!) but is this conclusion correct?
From what I can tell your fine with an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering because this would be a VM giving you full SQL Server box product features (after you'd installed it!) and control over the VM.
Can Windows Azure SQL & Amazon RDS databases be used for a Content Delivery Content Data Store database - no MS DTC here only Tridion CD API so I assume this is possible?