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4 Reasons to Choose Azure to Run Your SQL Workloads

SPONSORED BLOG POST If you’re an IT leader running SQL workloads, you’re probably thinking a lot about your cloud strategy. You may already be running dev tests or some important apps in the cloud, but when it comes to deciding on a long-term cloud provider, who�.. Continue


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If you’re an IT leader running SQL workloads, you’re probably thinking a lot about your cloud strategy. You may already be running dev tests or some important apps in the cloud, but when it comes to deciding on a long-term cloud provider, who’s your best option? It’s a big decision—and finding the most natural fit is critical.

Here are four reasons Microsoft Azure makes your decision easy.

#1: You’ll get more value from your investment

Only Azure offers pricing advantages like these:

  • Savings through existing licenses

Use your existing SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to pay a reduced rate when you move to Azure. Leverage the Azure Hybrid Benefit for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings.

  • Free extended security updates

Get three additional years of security updates for free when you move your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure.

  • Managing costs more efficiently

Free to all Azure customers, Azure Cost Management allows you to monitor and optimize what you spend in Azure.

The result is big savings. When combined, these advantages can save you as much as 88% compared to other cloud providers. SQL Database Managed Instance offers one of the best financial values in license-included and AHB scenarios:

Pricing comparisons on 8 core SQL Server EE & SE: list-to-list on license included; no SA required

 

Pricing comparisons on 8 core SQL Server EE & SE: MI w/AHB vs. AWS RDS

 

SQL VM on Azure also offers a great financial value:

Pricing comparison: on-prem, SQL VM w/AHUB on Reserved Instance; AWS EC@ w/paid ESU on Reserved Instance

And when it comes to SQL Server running as a PaaS service, the savings are clear:

Azure vs. AWS cost comparison

There’s just no argument. Azure costs less and delivers more.

#2: You’ll gain true consistency across your hybrid environment

Help reduce risk and complexity with the only hybrid cloud for building and deploying solutions with true consistency across your entire technology stack. Give users a consistent experience with a common identity. And get a holistic view that enables you to optimize and help secure your hybrid infrastructure—all by leveraging capabilities no other cloud offers:

  • SQL Parity: Full parity based on 100% code consistency

​​​​​​​SQL Database Managed Instance is a turn-key solution for SQL Server in the cloud.

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance vs. AWS RDS
  • Azure is the only consistent hybrid cloud
    • Connect on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory for seamless identity services across on-premises, Azure and Office 365
    • Use Windows Admin Center to manage servers anywhere, protect on-premises servers with Azure Backup and use Azure Site Recovery with less than five clicks
    • Replicate on-premises Windows file servers to Azure with Azure File Sync
    • Use Azure Stack to run IaaS—Windows Server and Linux virtual machines—and Azure services in your own data center

#3: You’ll get trusted support and peace of mind

Azure has the most comprehensive SQL support of any cloud service provider and was built with SQL in mind—so there are fewer potential issues from the start. That alone makes Azure hard to beat.

  • SQL Support: 99.99% SLA, supporting source version back to SQL 2005

SQL Database Managed Instance provides unmatched support.

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance vs. AWS RDS

 

#4: You can also take advantage of the PaaS opportunity

PaaS is a way to give your company’s app developers the environment, tools and building blocks they need to create new cloud services fast. Because of the available tools for monitoring, managing and continually fine-tuning those apps, it’s a platform that will encourage and maximize innovation in your organization.

With PaaS, much of the infrastructure is covered by automation, which takes a lot off your team’s plate. Azure offers machine learning (ML)-based performance and security on top of PaaS. SQL Database Managed Instance brings ML-based performance and security:

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance vs. AWS RDS

 

To make sure you don’t get boxed-in with a cloud provider who only offers IaaS, look for a provider who has you covered with both IaaS and PaaS. When it comes to PaaS, Azure truly shines.

Your Answer is Azure

When it comes to financial and technical differentiated value, Azure is one of the best places to run your SQL workload. Questions? Reach out to your Ingram Micro representative to find out more or visit Azure on Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.