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Every organization is in the data business. For most, this presents two challenges:
It is with these two problems in mind that Microsoft has created their SQL on Azure offerings. While a SQL to Azure migration can be challenging, the benefits – as outlined below – are enough to entice many organizations to take the plunge. Organizations must decide whether a SQL Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) best meet their needs.
Azure SQL Database (the SQL PaaS option) is optimized for application development and testing. Microsoft offers two versions of Azure SQL Database, both based on the Enterprise Edition of SQL Server: logical servers, and Azure SQL Database Managed Instances.
Both versions have features unseen in SQL Server on-premises, such as built-in intelligence and management.
SQL Server Running on VMs: SQL Infrastructure-as-a-Service
For those looking for an IaaS solution, Microsoft lets organizations install and host Windows Server or Linux VMs in the Azure Cloud. This is an excellent option for migrating on-premises SQL Server databases and applications to the cloud without any database changes. The main difference between SQL Database and SQL Server on Azure VMs is that SQL on Azure VMs allows full control over the database engine. Users can set update and patching times, stop or start the engine as needed, and fully customize the SQL Server database engine. While this control can be an advantage, it brings with it the burden of managing your own infrastructure
Which Azure-Enabled SQL Solution is Right for Your Business?
Azure SQL Database is the right choice for those looking to reduce the cost of provisioning and managing many databases. Because VMs, operating systems and database software are maintained by Azure, administrative responsibilities are significantly reduced. Upgrades and backups are also managed from Microsoft. This has the added benefit of allowing your IT team to substantially increase the number of databases they can handle. Using elastic pools, resources are shared across the databases and costs are further reduced.
In contrast, SQL Server running on Azure VMs is optimized for extending current on-premises environments into the cloud, or for migrating existing applications to Azure. This method is ideal for organizations looking for full administrative rights over a dedicated SQL Server instance. A SQL IaaS solution is highly customizable, enabling you to tailor your infrastructure to your unique performance and availability requirement.