Microsoft Azure

Azure SQL Database

Our database consultants are fully competent to help our clients in migrating and maintaining their databases in the cloud. Azure SQL Database is a cloud version of SQL Server database and shares a common code base with the latest stable version of SQL Server. Most of the standard SQL language, query processing, and database management features are identical in SQL Server and Azure SQL Database.

Azure SQL Database is a fully managed relational database with built-in intelligence supporting self-driving features such as performance tuning and threat alerts. Microsoft performs all the patching and updating of the code base, and manages the underlying infrastructure for you, so you can save time and resources. With high SQL Server compatibility, you can also migrate your databases to SQL Database managed instance without changing your apps.

Microsoft Azure provides three cloud models:

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – Virtual Machines
  • Platform as a service (PaaS)  – Application Code and Data (Azure SQL Database resides here)
  • Software as a service (SaaS)  – Service consumed by End Users (delivered via a Cloud Service)

Azure SQL Database Billing and Licensing Basics:

Currently, SQL Database is sold as a service and is available with several deployment options and in several service tiers with different prices for resources, all of which are billed hourly at a fixed rate based on the service tier and compute size you choose.