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Azure managed databases

Build cloud-native applications or modernise existing applications with fully managed, flexible databases. Focus on application development, not database management.

Simplify application development with fully managed databases

Choose among fully managed relational, NoSQL and in-memory databases that span proprietary and open-source engines. Focus on building innovative applications while Azure makes your job simpler. Fully managed databases automate tasks such as configuring and managing high availability, disaster recovery, backups and data replication across regions, saving you time and money.

Work more productively and focus on application development while Azure takes care of database management. Optimize performance with built-in intelligence. Stay up and running with automatic feature updates and patches as well as the industry’s highest financially backed SLAs of up to 99.999% availability. Accelerate your database migration using Azure Migrate and Azure Database Migration Service.

Scale your application data across multiple nodes with Azure relational databases. Scale storage up to 100 TB with Azure SQL Database, and scale to hundreds of nodes with Azure Database for PostgreSQL. For NoSQL workloads, use Azure Cosmos DB and get industry-leading SLAs that guarantee throughput, consistency, availability, latency, and limitless scale for both compute and storage.

Choose from a wide array of relational and non-relational database engines, including popular open-source options. Take advantage of fully managed community editions of MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB, support for a wide range of tools and languages, and API compatibility with MongoDB, Cassandra, and Gremlin. Flexible compute options include serverless, provisioned compute, and pools. Azure is the only cloud to offer serverless compute for both SQL and NoSQL workloads.

Protect your data with built-in controls. These include data masking, encryption at rest and in motion, intelligent threat detection, and proactive vulnerability assessment that alerts and remediates potential threats in real time. Help safeguard your database with Azure Active Directory role-based access control. Use Azure Key Vault key management for essential protection of your data in the cloud.

Explore Azure managed databases solution architectures

Discover how you can use Azure managed databases to power your modern applications with these example scenarios.

Modernise .NET applications

Modernise legacy .NET applications for increased scalability, global availability and reduced costs.

Build cloud-native apps

Build applications based on cloud design principles to deliver breakthrough experiences to your customers.

Deliver highly scalable customer service and ERP apps

Deliver insights to employees and superior service to customers by creating applications that scale without limits.

Build web and mobile applications

Build resilient, scalable and agile web and mobile applications with a microservices-based architecture.

Learn more about Azure managed database services

Customers are doing great things with Azure managed databases


Learn how HSBC used Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Cosmos DB to build an intelligent and highly secure digital payment platform for their app, PayMe for Business.


H&R Block

"Azure SQL Managed Instance gives us a smooth migration path for moving existing workloads to Azure with minimal technical reengineering."

Sameer Agarwal, Manager, Enterprise Data Analytics, H&R Block
H&R Block


"The operational ease and simplicity provided by the managed Azure Database for PostgreSQL service allows for high availability and geographically remote failover capability, deployed with simple infrastructure scripting."

Jonathan Turwy, Senior DevOps Engineer, Finxact


"We've realized three major benefits. One, we only pay for what we use. Two, relying on serverless automatic scaling instead of our own home-grown solution frees more time for innovation. And three, it helps our customers always get the right performance levels they need, day or night."

Purna Rao, Senior DevOps Architect, Icertis

Chipotle Mexican Grill

"Some of our data really lends itself to document storage versus relational, so switching to Azure Cosmos DB is a big win in terms of scalability, availability, and, down the road, geographic distribution."

Mike Smith, Lead Software Developer, Chipotle Mexican Grill


"We have an enormous amount of data that needs to be available to a large number of employees and customers, and the hyperscale service tier is perfect for hitting that sweet spot of concurrency and scale."

Zach Fransen, Director of Data Management, Clearent

Frequently asked questions

  • Check out our guidance to help choose the best database for your use case and requirements.
  • Explore our broad analytics portfolio including data warehouse and data lake solutions.
  • We recommend using Azure Migrate—a central hub for discovering and assessing your workloads and migrating them to Azure.
  • Azure Migrate is a central hub of Azure cloud migration services and tools that help you discover server and database workloads, perform a detailed assessment of SQL Server workloads and move server workloads to Azure.

    Azure Database Migration Service helps you simplify, guide and automate your database migration to Azure managed databases. Easily migrate your data, schema and objects from multiple sources to the cloud at scale. Learn more about the migration scenarios currently supported by Azure Database Migration Service.

Migrate your databases to Azure

Get help with every step of your database migration with Azure Migrate and Azure Database Migration Service.

Learn more

Explore learning paths and training modules to gain new skills and knowledge around Azure managed databases.

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