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SQL Azure Pros

CE
Project Manager at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
We have come from hosting on-premise for customers, or they've done it themselves with SQL. We've now taken a cloud offering for the equivalent services of standard database management and the inbuilt backup and restore offerings. The scalability is probably the biggest feature that we are benefiting from by being in the cloud.
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MJ
Senior Database Administrator at a government 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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SE
Cloud Solution Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Its cost benefit is most valuable because you are charged per data unit instead of licensing. You can easily migrate your on-premise SQL to the cloud with a managed instance. That's what it is designed to do. It is easy to take your on-premise or older SQL instance and move it to the cloud. It makes it easy to get off your on-premise SQL and start utilizing the cost benefit of the cloud.
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JS
Solution Principal at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The solution is a fairly mature product. It provides good stability.
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RM
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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KH
Program Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It's easy to use in terms of their portal, which is very nicely organized.
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Development Manager at Incepta
The solution has become easier to use over time and it's also reasonably priced.
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BB
Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Coding does not require much effort.
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Information Technology Manager at OrchidaSoft
The product is quite stable. The performance is great and it's reliable.
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Consulting Practice Partner - Data, Analytics & Artificial Intelligence at Wipro Ltd
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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SQL Azure Cons

CE
Project Manager at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
We haven't had any major issues that have prevented us from doing stuff fundamentally. For its implementation, sometimes, it is complicated to understand what your needs are. It would be good to have a few use cases that provide different cloud variations that match on-premise installations and show how they can be moved to the cloud a bit better.
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MJ
Senior Database Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
Its automation can be improved. SQL Server Agent was a very big part of the on-prem tools. While moving from on-prem to the cloud, redoing some of such tools was very cumbersome in Azure. There was a whole new set of technologies and methodologies. It should have easier automation-type features to be able to implement such tools. It should have almost a SQL agent type of substance built into that.
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SE
Cloud Solution Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
I'm not really a SQL DBA, so I can't go into the depths of the areas that need to be improved. They can maybe make it a bit easier to educate people on how to develop SQL Server in Azure. They can provide some free seminars and webinars and more training in general for easier migration. I know there is some stuff on Microsoft learning, but it would be helpful and useful to have more up-to-date content.
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JS
Solution Principal at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
From a security perspective, although their features are decent, they can always be improved upon, updated, and refined to help protect clients better.
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RM
Senior Information Technology Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
The way it has been designed, in the on-premises deployments, the underlying Windows OS is highly scalable but has a very large resource requirement. A lot of power-related and memory-related things are there, which I have not seen in the RHEL and Oracle. I have not tried SQL on RHEL EXEC. On Windows, infrastructure-wise, a very large workload is running on the SQL. This issue is related to Windows, not SQL.
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KH
Program Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Their availability in the Middle East and Asia regions needs to improve.
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Development Manager at Incepta
Some issues with scalability.
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BB
Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Lacking in technical documentation.
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Information Technology Manager at OrchidaSoft
It would help if the solution was more secure.
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Consulting Practice Partner - Data, Analytics & Artificial Intelligence at Wipro Ltd
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 Data Services on-premises.
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Learn what your peers think about SQL Azure. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
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