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SQL Azure is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Database as a Service vendors. It is most often compared to Google Cloud SQL: SQL Azure vs Google Cloud SQL

What is SQL Azure?
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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Software Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Provides memory-optimized tables, elastic scale, and portal management tools.

What other advice do I have?

For any potential customer who is considering migrating an app to SQL Azure, my advice is: * Spend enough time analyzing if SQL Azure offers you a viable business case for the said app. It may or may not offer this to you! * It is very important that you have a thorough understanding of the performance details and issues of the current app from a standpoint of the database engine. This is mainly with DMVs and DMFs, if you are using an on premise SQL Server.
Data Management Architect at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Vendor
Provides an option for maintaining structured data in smaller databases.

What other advice do I have?

SQL Azure is a good option for maintaining structured data, especially for smaller databases (0 - 25GB). My solutions today leverage a plethora of structured and unstructured data. Therefore, having this service in close proximity to the resource groups I use for the other services is beneficial. It does tend to constrain me to the Azure platform, as I've yet to find a vendor who can give me the RDBMS PaaS offering. Constrain makes it sound like “suck up some pain”. However, I have yet to find the Azure platform limiting. Here is some context or insight. I was previously on the product team…
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Manager of Architecture/Design with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
You can arrange training and demos based on the client’s budget.

What other advice do I have?

Microsoft Cloud is reliable and dependable.
IT Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
You can change the plan of a service in terms of DTUs, point of restore, and auditing.

What other advice do I have?

The best use of this product is the combination with other SaaS services. Evaluate communication on premise if you need to.
Owner at AFF Group
Vendor
It works in the cloud and made our back-end service scalable, but its cost efficiency could be improved.

Valuable Features:

It works perfectly in the cloud. It made our back-end service scalable.

Improvements to My Organization:

In many cases we use Azure as a service platform. When larger data is collected by continuous business operations and will be processed for further analysis, we use SQL Azure.

Room for Improvement:

Scalability Cost efficiency Business continuity
Program and Project Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Popular
Security features should be improved, but it has helped us to reduce a lot of customer infrastructure budgets.

What other advice do I have?

It's a nice, very advanced technology based project that is very secure and cost effective cut edge technology. There are lots of cost and technical resources that can be cut while implementing this solution, to manage cost budget IT infrastructure for any organization.
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