October 10


What is Azure SQL Database? 

By Ryan Freeman

October 10, 2022

There are a few flavours of Azure SQL so we thought it could be helpful to go into each in more detail. Today, we are focussing on Azure SQL Database and some of the advantages of using this exciting database technology. 

Firstly, Azure SQL Database is part of the Azure SQL family of managed, secure, and intelligent products that use the SQL Server database engine in the Azure cloud. 

Azure SQL Database is a relational database-as-a-service (DBaaS) hosted in Azure that falls into the industry category of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). 

Azure SQL Database is fully managed and always on the latest version of SQL. You will have the ability to rapidly deliver modern, intelligent apps. You can hyperscale your most demanding workloads. You can also optimise costs with compute that scales automatically. 

Let’s take a look at the features in more detail: 

Fully managed and always on the latest version of SQL 

As this is PaaS offering, the fully managed database engine removes the need for manual updates, provisioning and backups so that the focus can be purely placed on application development. 

Hyperscale your most demanding workloads 

Azure SQL Database also boasts flexible and responsive serverless compute and Hyperscale storage to rapidly adapt to your changing requirements. 


Security should always be a top concern and Azure SQL Database has layers of protection plus built-in controls and intelligent threat detection help keep your data secure. 

Save with a lower total cost of ownership 

You can use Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server to maximise the value of your current licensing investments. You can also save when you commit upfront to a three-year term using reservation pricing and combine it with Azure Hybrid Benefit. 

AI and Durability 

Azure SQL Database has built-in AI and high availability to maintain peak performance and durability with an SLA of up to 99.995 percent. This is also known as ‘four and a half nines’ and equates to only 2.19 minutes of downtime per month. 

Coming soon, we’ll take a deeper look into the other Azure SQL family members, these are Azure SQL Managed Instance and SQL Server on Azure VMs. 

Digital Samurai 

Digital Samurai live and breathe SQL Server, and now Azure SQL – which is built on SQL Server. We would love to hear what plans you have for your Data Platforms whether you are working on-premises with SQL Server, thinking of migrating to the cloud or have even been ‘born in the cloud’! 

With our team of SQL Server and Azure SQL experts we offer help in all areas (upgrades, migrations, management, analytics, security …) and are a friendly bunch so please feel free to get in touch! 

Ryan Freeman

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