Azure SQL Database
Build apps that scale with managed and intelligent SQL database in the cloud.
Build apps faster on a fully managed SQL database
Part of the Azure SQL family, Azure SQL Database is an always-up-to-date, fully managed relational database service built for the cloud. Build your next app with the simplicity and flexibility of a multi-model database that scales to meet demand. Gain near real–time insights without impacting performance with Azure Synapse Link for SQL Database (preview).
Fully managed database engine automates updates, provisioning, and backups so you can focus on application development
Fully managed and always on the latest version of SQL
Rapidly deliver modern, intelligent apps
Hyperscale your most demanding workloads
Optimize costs with compute that scales automatically
Save with a lower total cost of ownership
Comprehensive security and compliance, built in
Microsoft invests more than $1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
We employ more than 3,500 security experts who are dedicated to data security and privacy.
Pricing for the intelligent, relational cloud database service
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Carhartt's project included building a complete Commvault-based backup solution for the new SAP S/4HANA environments, Azure NetApp Files for high-performance file storage, and using Load Balancer to optimize application availability and performance.
Saving on infrastructure costs with SQL Database
udaan customers now have a highly responsive and performant connection to a greater range of suppliers and inventory than ever before. Learn how udaan used SQL Database to fuel its growth into one of India's fastest-growing unicorn companies.
.Chobani adopted Load Balancer to help deliver high availability and strong network performance. "We want to produce delicious, nutritious food without worrying about the software," said Parag Agrawal, Chief Information Officer.
Scaling instantly and delivering faster service
SaaS provider Inlitix used SQL Database serverless' seamless interoperation with other Azure services to provide near real–time analytics while reducing costs and boosting developer efficiency.
Within the networks on Azure and on-premises, the Eni SpA team deployed a dual-purpose load balancer and a network firewall. The next-generation load balancer acts as both a balancer and a web-application firewall.
Boosting efficiency and scaling for growth
Learn how Axpo is using SQL Database serverless and Azure Machine Learning to evaluate the status and performance of its hydroelectric power plant equipment in real time.
Pearl Abyss takes advantage of Load Balancer to direct traffic as players sign in to games. This helps keep play experiences stable as traffic increases—vital as Shadow Arena grows in popularity.
Scaling critical emergency management apps
Learn how Juvare used SQL Database elastic pools to support its emergency management clients' data residency, compliance, and performance requirements in a cost-effective manner.
GEMS Education, one of the world's largest K-12 private education providers, used Load Balancer to manage spikes in its system loads, keep up with demand, and ensure that all students have reliable access to educational content.
Optimizing scale and efficiency
Learn how Schneider Electric consolidated 1,500 virtual machines, databases, and reporting apps into a single Hyperscale database with the power to scale with the company's needs.
.Mercedes-Benz used Load Balancer and Azure API Management features such as certificates, throttling, and SSL offloading to modernize in-car software development via its Connected Cars Platform project.
Reinforcing customer trust with ledger
Lenovo uses ledger in SQL Database to power its Trusted Supply Chain app, giving it a head start on emerging industry security standards and helping it to establish a zero-trust approach for its high-security use cases.
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Frequently asked questions about Azure SQL Database
Azure SQL Database is available as a single database with its own set of resources managed via a logical server, and as a pooled database in an elastic pool, with a shared set of resources managed through a logical server. In general, elastic pools are designed for a typical software-as-a-service (SaaS) application pattern, with one database per customer or tenant. With pools, you manage the collective performance, and the databases scale up or down automatically.
Azure Hybrid Benefit helps you maximize the value of your current licensing investments and accelerate your migration to the cloud. Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is an Azure-based benefit that enables you to use your SQL Server licenses with active Microsoft Software Assurance to pay a reduced rate ("base rate") on vCore-based Azure SQL services. Further optimize your costs with centralized management of your Azure Hybrid Benefit across your entire subscription or billing account.
No. Azure SQL Database is a fully managed database service—Microsoft operates SQL Server for you and ensures its availability and performance. SQL Database also includes features to enhance your business continuity and security, such as built-in high availability and threat detection, so that you don't have to worry about administering or maintaining your SQL Server databases.
The vCore-based service tiers are primarily differentiated by availability, storage type, and input/output (I/O) per second. General purpose is a budget-oriented option that's best when input/output performance or failover time is not the priority. Hyperscale is optimized for online transaction processing (OLTP) and hybrid transactional analytical workloads. The business critical tier is best for OLTP applications with high transaction rates and low I/O latency requirements.
Connectivity between Azure SQL Database and the Azure internet gateway is guaranteed at least 99.99 percent of the time, regardless of your service tier. The remaining 0.01 percent is reserved for patches, upgrades, and failovers. For more information, read the SLA and learn about the high-availability architecture.
1Savings based on eight vCore Managed Instance Business Critical in East US Region, running 730 hours per month. Savings are calculated from full price (license included) against base rate (applying Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server), which excludes Software Assurance cost for SQL Server Enterprise edition, which may vary based on Enterprise Agreement. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Prices as of June 2022, subject to change.
2Savings based on eight vCore SQL Database Business Critical in West US 2 region, running 730 hours per month. Savings are calculated from on-demand full price (license included) against base rate with Azure Hybrid Benefit plus three-year reserved capacity commitment. Savings excludes Software Assurance cost for SQL Server Enterprise edition, which may vary based on Enterprise Agreement. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Prices as of June 2022, subject to change.