Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse Review

Easy administration, cost-effective, and scales to any requirement


What is our primary use case?

We are a software development company and this is one of the solutions that we recommend to our clients. The applications that we develop make use of this technology.

How has it helped my organization?

Using Azure SQL Data Warehouse means that you don't have to worry about big servers.

What is most valuable?

The best part is the easy and user-friendly administration and handling of the data.

What needs improvement?

The configuration for things like high-availability could be more user-friendly for non-technical users.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Azure SQL Data Warehouse for almost twelve years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution with no issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is the best part of going with a cloud-based solution. I don't have to worry about server space. Azure elasticity allows us to scale as much as we want, and it is pay-as-you-go, so we can scale up as we need to. What we propose to the people who are implementing this solution is to start with the minimum requirements and then scale up based on demand.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not seen any problems with technical support. We have Microsoft certification, so we very rarely contact them for any help. Normally, we handle the support for our clients.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. The requirements are very clear, and there is not much of a problem when you're doing it.

One of the recent upgrades we have done that included high-availability, loading the data, and setting everything up, took about a month and a half.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing fees for this solution are on a pay-per-use basis, and not very expensive.

What other advice do I have?

The core strength of Microsoft technologies is ease of use and administration, regardless of the type of product.

This is a good solution to go with, the cost is reasonable, and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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