SQL Azure Valuable Features
Tech Clinical Engineer at APN Promise
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
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.
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
What I like the most is the processes and the easiness of deployments.
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
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.
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
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.View full review »
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.
Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
Its easy usage is the most valuable.View full review »
Azure Portal is most valuable.View full review »
The most valuable feature is PolyBase.
The product is very user-friendly.View full review »
Head of Cloud Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The backup features are the most valuable.View full review »
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.
Their technical support is the most valuable.View full review »
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.View full review »