What is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a Cloud Computing platform that is comprised of infrastructure data and application services. Suited to organisations that are embracing Digital Transformation, Microsoft Azure is a Cloud technology that enables organisations to rapidly expand their Cloud Computing and storage capacity.
Organisations use Microsoft Azure within multiple aspects of their IT Infrastructure, from simply using Microsoft Azure for basic computer networking to using this solution in a full Cloud scenario like Internet of Things. Open source technologies are also compatible with Azure and it can also be deployed as a Hybrid Cloud or hosted within the organisation’s own data centre.
Microsoft Azure is highly secure, and all of Microsoft’s UK data is located in London, Durham and Cardiff.
What is Microsoft Azure SQL?
The Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a fully managed, intelligent Cloud-database that provides seamless migration of your SQL Server databases without having to change the applications that run your organisation. Organisations who implement the two types of the Azure SQL Server Databases, due to the flexibility, security and scalability they offer compared to alternatives on the market.
What are the two types of Azure SQL solutions?
There are two main options for running SQL workloads in Microsoft Azure – the Azure SQL Database that is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and an SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) that falls under Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
The differences between these two solutions are that these can be run as either a hosted infrastructure (IaaS) or run as a hosted service (PaaS). Many of our customers choose to implement the Azure SQL Database as this has significantly lower administration costs but has minimal development costs for migrated applications. The Azure SQL Database reduces overall management costs to the minimum, meaning that your organisation does not have to manage any virtual machines, operating system or database software.
With IaaS and PaaS, Microsoft administer the underlying Azure infrastructure and automatically replicate all of your organisations data so that Microsoft Azure forms part of your disaster recovery and backup solutions. This configures and upgrades the database software as well as managing load balancing. Rest assured, that if there is a server failure within the data centre, the server will automatically perform a transparent failover to prevent any delay in recovery of the data.
As both solutions are hosted in the Cloud, they do not require the purchasing of hardware.
You may also find our blog about the business benefits of Microsoft Azure helpful.
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