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It’s Just SQL Server on Azure, Right?


Webinar review of: It’s Just SQL Server on Azure, Right? by Steve Hughes, a Director at Pragmatic Works.

Hughes touches on various options and considerations for moving SQL Server to Azure. The following is an outline of the items discussed by Hughes.

  • Moving SQL Server to Azure
    • Changes your data model
    • Flexibility in future
    • Changes to the DBA job but does not eliminate DBAs
    • New cloud ready apps are possible
  • Azure Options
    • Azure SQL database = Managed Instance
    • Azure SQL Database = Single database
    • SQL Server on Azure VM
  • Azure Advanced Options
    • Azure SQL data warehouse
    • Azure SQL database elastic pools
  • Azure Considerations
    • Operational Ease
      • PaaS automatic patches can still cause issues – pay attention
      • PaaS High Avaialability is managed for you – pay attention
      • SQL Server on VM requires you to manage patches, backups, HA
      • DR requires a separate plan vs the on-prem DR plan
    • Secure environment
      • Azure Active Directory vs SQL Logins / Active Directory
      • PaaS – Public endpoints (single database) or VNET Secured (Manged instance)
      • IaaS – VM security same as on-prem
    • Functional equivalence areas that requires more attention
      • Single database – High Availability
      • Managed instance – Backup rules, cross database functionality, sql server agent
      • SQL on VM – Filestream
    • Migration options
      • Azure data migration assistant – creates an assesment
      • Azure data migration service – online/offline migrations
      • Migrating to PaaS – Managed instance almost 100% like SQL Server
    • Server
      • VM is self managed vs other opotions are completely managed for you
    • Price for 1TB database per month, 8 core, enterprise SQL Server (includes license cost)
      • Single – $1800+
      • Managed Instance – $1700
      • 2 VMs – $5700

Hughes made a final recommendation: Managed Instances is the best bang for the buck in most cases.

Note: This is another webinar where the 15 minute Q&A after the webinar is worth listening to all the questions and responses from Hughes.

I give the webinar ‘It’s Just SQL Server on Azure, Right?’ a thumbs up. Right?


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