SQL Azure Valuable Features

Slawomir Zablocki
Tech Clinical Engineer at APN Promise

What is really helpful about the Azure SQL is that when we have a problem with a query, we can trade information about what indexes we should create on tables. It's really helpful for admin and for developers.

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Michael John
Senior Database Administrator at a recruiting/HR firm with 11-50 employees

Cost savings are the most valuable. The DR/high availability is also valuable. The failover group with the built-in DR/high availability features is probably one of the easiest things.

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Solution Principal at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution is easily integrated into other SQL solutions. It's flexible in that sense.

The solution is a fairly mature product. It provides good stability.

The initial setup isn't too difficult.

There is very good documentation. It's unbelievable, the amount of documentation on offer through Microsoft's site.

The security features are quite good.

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Senior Information Technology Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees

We primarily and generally use it only for DB purposes. When it comes to the Azure part, we can easily provision, scale up, and scale down the generator machine. This kind of flexibility is the USP of SQL Azure.

Its interface and ease of use are also valuable. It is very easy to use and integrate with multiple databases. If I need to pull in or import some data from my on-premises database, the ease with which you can connect and pull the data, not only from SQL Server but also from other flavors of MySQL or even Oracle, is very good. 

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Development Manager at Incepta

I like the reliability of SQL Server and the solution has become easier to use over time, and I believe it will become more popular in the future. It's also reasonably priced. As a competitor, Oracle may have 10% of the features that SQL Server cannot offer but those features are for high-end database and high-end applications. Most clients don't need those extras and shouldn't have to pay for high-end features like the redundancy.

SQL has become more versatile because of features they continue to add. Every new version has new features and it pretty much covers everything in terms of memory, database, the caching, the redundancy, and high availability. I would say MS SQL server fully meets the requirement of 95% of my clients out there.

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Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

This has become a very global solution. The big advantage is the UI which has been simplified. The coding doesn't require much effort so it's valuable in that sense. They have invested a lot in security and compliance so it's also a good product in that area.

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Haytham Mohamed
Enterprise End User Operations at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

In SQL we tend to do normal queries. The features we use quite a bit are the backup and monitoring and also the export and import tools for data. We use all of these on a daily basis.

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Ariful Mondal
Head - Analytics, Digital World at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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 web services is super easy. Azure SQL can be quickly published as web services for APIs to connect with other applications. Because it is in Microsoft Cloud, you can easily integrate with Microsoft stack.

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IT Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

We like the ease of integrating it with our on-premises environment. We use a hybrid model. We have a SQL Server on-premises, and we have an integration with the cloud version. We do CPU or disk intensive processes on-premises. For accessibility, we offload onto the cloud. When you do a lot of IO and things like that in the cloud, Microsoft charges for the CPU activity.

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Associate Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees

I am delighted to use this solution.

The most valuable feature is the moment of data. It's infused data where we can pull the data and post it immediately.

Also, it can connect to different sources. It's a storage mechanism where you can consume the data and post it into the target systems.

The interface is awesome. It's ready and easy to use.

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Sérgio Rita
IT Manager at a university with 51-200 employees

What I like the most is the processes and the easiness of deployments.

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Owner at Alopex ONE UG

This solution has all of the advantages that are available in a normal SQL server, except it is presented in an online environment that can be used from everywhere. It provides fast access to data because the SQL server can calculate where the data is. It is a complexity of order one. So, it does not depend on the size of the table. This is why SQL servers are the favorite data source for any website.

This solution provides more comfort to the end-user compared to a normal SQL server.

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Master of Information Technology at a individual & family service with 201-500 employees

The features I like most is that it offers a lot of securitt verification and backup from our side as well as from within SQL Azure.

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Technical Account Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The flexibility with regards to licensing is the most valuable aspect of the solution. 

Customers can benefit from a lot of cost savings if they go for Azure.

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Marco Cenzato
Ing. at a media company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable feature of Azure Database is the read-scaleout one: in Premium and Business tiers, the logic single DB consists of 4 identical DBs, the main one (writable) and three read-only synchronized copies; in our application we can use the three read-only copies for almost all of the read-only query and this allows workload distribution and minimizes the concurrency in write operations.

They have good documentation. It's concentrated information. 

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Enterprise Cloud Architect at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable aspects of this solution are the integration with the darknet stack especially Microsoft, table groups, supports major capability requirements, and SQL always-on feature.

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Mohamed Alnuaimi
Director of IT at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

The DR for this solution is Active/Active.

This solution offers high availability, and business continuity is in place.

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Fabio Taddia

We like the collaborative nature of the solution. It's the most valuable aspect of the solution.

The stability of the solution is very good.

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Web Developer at a tech company with 51-200 employees

It is very fast in replicating the data from one database to another. We do some extractions from multiple databases to a target database that we use for visualization. It has a good speed.

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DevOps Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Azure DevOps is the feature that is the most valuable aspect of the solution for us.

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Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees

Its easy usage is the most valuable. 

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Karel Van Der Walt
Data Architect at ACPAS Loan Management Software

Azure Portal is most valuable.

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Subhrajit Mitra
Sr. Technical Architect - Business Intelligence / Data Warehouse at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is PolyBase.

The product is very user-friendly.

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Head of Cloud Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The backup features are the most valuable.

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Consultor Senior at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I started with Azure SQL because it's a cheaper solution. It's a good cloud solution, very easy to use on any platform and works well. Technically it's very good. 

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Punam Lade
Chief Operating Officer at humancloud

Their technical support is the most valuable.

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General Manager/MVP at Yotta Infrastructure Solutions LLP

We use it for a few databases that are deployed for our own purposes. 

SQL is a simpler database. We use it more than other databases. 

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Learn what your peers think about SQL Azure. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: March 2021.
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