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"We have a three-year contract. The cost was somewhere around $70-80,000 for the original deployment, which was about two years ago""I'm not sure what the exact price is, but it's a moderate amount. It's not too expensive.""The licensing for this solution is based on subscription.""We pay less than $1000 monthly in licensing fees. There are no additional costs.""It is expensive for us. We are looking for something less expensive and thinking of migrating the whole system.""It is reasonable.""It is quite expensive. I would definitely recommend not using the pay-as-you-go model because this will just mean all your money will go to Microsoft. So, really make sure to control resource usage as much as possible.""It's reasonably priced and when you compare it with other products in the cloud environment, it's cheaper."

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Top Answer: It is good for scalability and high availability. It is also secure because of Microsoft's cloud investment. It is easy to use because it is on the cloud. Creation or making it available through… more »
Top Answer: It is expensive. Snowflake and PostgreSQL are cheaper than this. Google is also cheaper than Azure. Its licensing is on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is based on usage and storage.
Top Answer: Its price could be better. It is expensive. I am not sure if Microsoft Master Data Services is included in this. If not, Master Data Services can be integrated with Azure SQL. I have only used Master… more »
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Cloud Spanner is the first and only relational database service that is both strongly consistent and horizontally scalable. With Cloud Spanner you enjoy all the traditional benefits of a relational database: ACID transactions, relational schemas (and schema changes without downtime), SQL queries, high performance, and high availability. But unlike any other relational database service, Cloud Spanner scales horizontally, to hundreds or thousands of servers, so it can handle the highest of transactional workloads. With automatic scaling, synchronous data replication, and node redundancy, Cloud Spanner delivers up to 99.999% (five 9s) of availability for your mission critical applications. In fact, Google’s internal Spanner service has been handling millions of queries per second from many Google services for years.

Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a relational database-as-a-service that delivers predictable performance, scalability, business continuity, data protection, and near-zero administration to cloud developers and solution architects. This is the deep technical library for Azure SQL Database.
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Streak, Optiva, Mixpanel
adnymics GmbH, LG CNS, Centrebet, netfabb GmbH, MedPlast, Accelera Solutions, Sochi Organizing Committee, realzeit GmbH
Top Industries
Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider22%
Media Company7%
Financial Services Firm19%
Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company14%
Pharma/Biotech Company10%
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider23%
Media Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business49%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise37%
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Google Cloud Spanner is ranked 6th in Database as a Service while SQL Azure is ranked 1st in Database as a Service with 31 reviews. Google Cloud Spanner is rated 0.0, while SQL Azure is rated 8.4. On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Azure writes "When we have a problem with a query we can trade information about what indexes we should create on tables". Google Cloud Spanner is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, Amazon RDS and Oracle Database as a Service, whereas SQL Azure is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, Oracle Database as a Service, Amazon RDS, MongoDB Atlas and ClearDB.

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