There are few compelling reasons to transition to the cloud model for your SQL database with Azure: cost savings; enhanced scalability and performance; exceptional security; streamlined database administration; and state-of-the-art business continuity and disaster recovery.
Enhanced Scalability & Performance
First of all, flexible service plans for SQL Database meet the needs of both big and small business users. SQL is no longer way out of reach for smaller operations because the pricing structure allows users to pay as little with a maximum storage set at 150 GB per database. That’s a lot of space for very little cost.
High Speed and Minimal Down Time
High availability architectures mean high speed connectivity and data retrieval as well as low down time at your organization. There’s nothing worse than stopping business because your technology can’t keep up, but that is no longer a problem with SQL Database.
SQL developers are familiar with all things SQL and SQL Database can be updated with SQLCMD or the SQL Server Management Studio. Better yet, there’s no coding required! Using standard SQL, it’s much easier to manage database systems without having to write or update a huge amount of code.
Easy-to-Use Migration Tools
Ramp up time with SQL Database is now easier than ever and free! SQL Data Sync allows you to either sync your SQL Server-stored data or migrate the data without having to worry about the costs to migrate by syncing gigabyte-sized tables.
Streamlined Database Administration
With no administrative duties on your physical location, employees can take time for strategic work to advance and grow all-around business success. When your database is hosted in the cloud, you don’t have to deal with setting up SQL Server, apportioning databases, and dealing with physical machine maintenance and upkeep. All of this results in better alignment of your organization and ultimately more time on your side.
One of the most striking benefits of transitioning to the Azure DBaaS model is that you will no longer need to invest heavily in expensive, onsite hardware. Rather, you can treat your Azure database costs as an ongoing operating expense. This helps both with cash flow and budgeting. Furthermore, you no longer need to worry about depreciation, obsolescence, replacement, and other financial concerns surrounding capital assets and expenditures. There are also ways to save on software costs. The Azure team, for example, recently announced that in many cases they’re going to allow Microsoft SQL Server license holders to extend their software licenses to the cloud as part of the growing Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.
Given the capacity of the DBaaS model for rapid provisioning and reduced time-to-market, DBaaS is quite often the ideal solution for rapid development scenarios; testing environments; proof-of-concepts; and business continuity and disaster recovery
if you have highly sensitive data, and security is your dominant concern, you may want to start moving to the Azure cloud model on these fronts first. However, as the DBaaS model continues to mature, it’s also rapidly becoming a competitive, even favored, solution for many production environments with sensitive data as well. Azure’s enterprise-class security solutions, such as network firewalls, sophisticated access restrictions, timely security patches/updates, and both at-rest and in-transit encryption can all serve as reassuring security safeguards for many businesses.
Platform-as-a-Service vs Azure SQL PaaS
What is the difference between PaaS and Azure SQL Database PaaS?
PaaS is a type of on-demand cloud computing service that provides organizations with a standard environment for developing, testing, deploying, and managing software applications. Provides data center infrastructure, operating system, storage, and other critical elements.
Azure SQL Database is a cloud solution provided by Microsoft. Azure SQL operates on a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) model and is designed to make it easier and faster for organizations to use applications. As a PaaS service, the entire underlying infrastructure is fully managed for the company.
A common misconception on the part of customers is to upgrade to Azure SQL PaaS. It means losing control of the resource. In reality, applications and data are entirely under your control – you have the power of the cloud-based database platform and the scalability and flexibility inherent in it.
In addition, using Azure SQL is not difficult and is in fact compatible with most features of SQL Server.