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With the growth of cloud computing, many organizations take stock and look at how the cloud can help bring new efficiencies, transform their working practices, and in some cases disrupt entire industries with new business models. At the heart of this transformation is data. Data platform modernization focuses on selecting and migrating to the right data platform technology. The best database technology for your applications depends on your specific requirements.
Azure SQL is a family of SQL cloud databases that offers flexible options for application migration, modernization, and development. SQL databases are best for:
Handling data that is relational and has logical and discrete requirements that can be identified in advance.
Schemas that must be maintained and kept in sync between the app and database.
Legacy systems built for relational structures.
Apps requiring complex querying or multi-row transactions.
Microsoft Azure provides a number of fully managed SQL based data platform technologies and services that are cloud-based, secure, and scalable. Their features address the key challenges of cloud storage and provide organizations with reliable and durable data platform solutions. Using cloud-based SQL data platform technologies is convenient and cost-effective for organizations because they don’t need to manage the physical hardware. Azure SQL based data platform technologies come with the range of security features, automated backup and recovery and encryption capabilities.
Azure SQL Database is a fully managed PaaS database engine that handles most database management functions—such as upgrading, patching, backup, and monitoring—without user involvement. With Azure SQL Database, organizations can create a highly available and high-performance data storage layer for apps and solutions in Azure.
Azure SQL Managed Instance is an intelligent, scalable cloud database service that combines the broadest SQL Server database engine compatibility with all the benefits of a fully managed and always up-to-date PaaS. Azure SQL Managed Instance is designed for customers looking to migrate a large number of applications and databases with minimal changes from an on-premises or IaaS, self-built, or ISV-provided environment to a fully managed PaaS cloud environment.
SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines enables organizations to use full versions of SQL Server in the cloud without having to manage any on-premises hardware. SQL Server VMs also simplify licensing costs when you pay as you go.
Azure open-source relational databases deliver high availability and elastic scaling to open-source mobile and web apps.
Azure Database for PostgreSQL is a relational database service based on the open-source Postgres database engine. It’s a fully managed database as a service that can handle business-critical workloads with predictable performance, greater security, high availability, and dynamic scalability.
Azure Database for MySQL is a relational database service powered by the MySQL community edition. It’s a fully managed database as a service that can handle business-critical workloads with predictable performance and dynamic scalability.
Azure Database for MariaDB is an enterprise-ready community database service based on the open-source MariaDB Server engine. A fully managed database as a service, Azure Database for MariaDB can handle essential workloads with predictable performance and dynamic scalability.
Database migration can be a complicated and therefore challenging project. To make sure that your organization modernize its data smoothly, choose a reliable and experienced partner, like Softline. As a Gold Microsoft Partner, we take you through all the steps of a successful cloud modernization strategy, so you can achieve all the benefits. Contact us and ask for a consultation.
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