5 Reasons to Migrate to The Cloud with Azure SQL Database

Cloud database solutions have quickly replaced on-site services as the most powerful, efficient, and cost-effective options for SQL databases. Azure SQL database is a breakout leader among cloud solutions for SQL database hosting. As a household name in computing, Microsoft has put as much weight and resource behind creating a cloud computing solution as everyone has come to expect from the brand.

Here we look at the elements of Azure SQL Database that make it the go-to cloud solution for your business.

Cost

Azure’s database as a service (DBaaS) model allows your organization to treat its database expenses as a single, predictable monthly cost. In previous years, database expenses meant spending large sums on capital expenditure, maintenance, and upgrades at irregular intervals.

High-cost hardware and the technical maintenance costs are well in the past for businesses adopting future-proof solutions. Depreciation, obsolescence, wear-and-tear, and security used to keep small-business owners up at night—today they are solved seamlessly by Azure SQL.

In the modern environment, every business has access to cutting-edge technical hardware, upgrades, replacement, and security.

Also Read: Priorities for Migration to Azure

Scalability and Performance

Unlike on-site hardware and even some cloud services, Azure SQL Database allows you to flexibly scale your needs up and down to accommodate the ebb and flow of unpredictable traffic. Seasonal traffic spikes, successful promotions, and rapid growth can drive new traffic fast: Azure SQL database allows you to add instances to meet demand and welcome as much additional traffic as you can get.

Azure SQL is designed from the ground up to run on the cloud, giving Azure a performance edge over competing platforms in many cloud-based contexts.

Security

Azure’s security solutions have given the platform the leading edge over competitors as it has matured. Today it’s one of the most favored solutions for production environments and sensitive data throughout industry.

Some of the key advantages Azure SQL Database brings over alternate solutions include:

  • Up-to-the-minute security patches
  • Network firewalls
  • State-of-the-art physical access restrictions
  • At-rest and in-transit encryption
  • Security solutions impossible to match on-site

Streamlined Administration

Migrating to an Azure SQL database solution can help your organization make the absolute most of database administration. With a cloud solution in place, the role of the database administrator can shift from configuring hardware and undertaking manual backup and recovery to maintaining the health and upgrades of the database.

Azure cloud unlocks more of an administrator’s time from manual, tedious tasks to create space to unlock efficiency, lower costs, and look forward in infrastructure planning and provisioning. More time means better performance tuning, optimizations and decision-making to advance your firm further into the future.

Also Read: Framework to Assess Azure Migration

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Many firms are initially hesitant about making the jump to the cloud. Some fear it may not be the right fit, or there are too many internal questions still to ask before they can make the change. One of the most compelling applications for initial cloud adoption is to leverage Azure cloud failover and recovery solutions.

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is an indispensable tool capable of seamlessly transitioning traffic to the cloud in the event of an outage on a critical server or business component. ASR makes up the difference by servicing external requests that come in during the outage and redirecting traffic back to your primary service when service is restored.

Enhancing Your Business with Azure SQL

Cloud solutions have received a lot of coverage since they have come to business in the last two decades—for good reason, too. Azure SQL database brings with it improvements in efficiency, security, continuity, and cost savings, none of which your firm can afford to miss out on.

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