SQL Server Enterprise Virtual Machines Pricing

Azure Virtual Machines gives you the flexibility of virtualization for a wide range of computing solutions with support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, SAP, and more. Select from a wide variety of virtual machine sizes. Virtual machines are billed on per-minute basis, and most include load-balancing and auto-scaling free of charge. Standard egress charges apply.

SQL Server Developer offers free images for development/testing (not production). You only pay to run the operating system (OS) in the virtual machine. SQL Server Express’ images are free-licensed for lightweight production workloads.

Customers with software assurance can easily bring their SQL Server licenses with one of the {BYOL} SQL Server images.

B-series (in preview)

B-series are economical virtual machines that provide a low-cost option for workloads which typically run at a low to moderate baseline CPU performance, but sometimes need to burst to significantly higher CPU performance when the demand rises. These workloads don’t require the use of the full CPU all the time, but occasionally will need to burst to finish some tasks more quickly. Many applications such as development and test servers, low traffic web servers, small databases, micro services, servers for proof-of-concepts, build servers, and code repositories fit into this model. The prices are for the preview and may change when the service is generally available.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
B1S 1 1.00 GiB 2 GiB $- $- $- $-
B2S 2 4.00 GiB 8 GiB $- $- $- $-
B1MS 1 2.00 GiB 4 GiB $- $- $- $-
B2MS 2 8.00 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $-
B4MS 4 16.00 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $-
B8MS 8 32.00 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

A0-4 Basic

A Basic is an economical option for development workloads, test servers, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments, and small databases.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
A0 1 0.75 GiB 20 GiB $- $- $- $-
A1 1 1.75 GiB 40 GiB $- $- $- $-
A2 2 3.50 GiB 60 GiB $- $- $- $-
A3 4 7.00 GiB 120 GiB $- $- $- $-
A4 8 14.00 GiB 240 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

Av2 Standard

Av2 Standard is the latest generation of A-series virtual machines with similar CPU performance and faster disk. These virtual machines are suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments, and small databases. Like the prior A Standard generation, Av2 virtual machines will include load balancing and auto-scaling at no additional charge.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
A1 v2 1 2.00 GiB 10 GiB $- $- $- $-
A2 v2 2 4.00 GiB 20 GiB $- $- $- $-
A4 v2 4 8.00 GiB 40 GiB $- $- $- $-
A8 v2 8 16.00 GiB 80 GiB $- $- $- $-
A2m v2 2 16.00 GiB 20 GiB $- $- $- $-
A4m v2 4 32.00 GiB 40 GiB $- $- $- $-
A8m v2 8 64.00 GiB 80 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

D2-64 v3 latest generation

D2-64 v3 instances are the latest generation of general purpose instances. D2-64 v3 instances are based on the 2.3 GHz Intel XEON ® E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) processor, and can achieve 3.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. D2-64 v3 instances offer the combination of CPU, memory, and local disk for most production workloads.

Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. To use premium storage disks, use the variant Dsv3 virtual machines. The pricing and billing meters for Dsv3 sizes are the same as Dv3-series. See pricing for disks.

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Instance vCPU RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
D2 v3 2 8.00 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $-
D4 v3 4 16.00 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $-
D8 v3 8 32.00 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $-
D16 v3 16 64.00 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $-
D32 v3 32 128.00 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $-
D64 v3 64 256.00 GiB 512 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

D2-5 v2 limited-time special pricing

For a limited-time only, our D2-5 v2 instances will be offered at a special price based on our upcoming move to hyper-threaded processors. Read more about the move to hyper-threaded processors and this limited-time offer on our blog.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
D2 v2 Promo 2 7.00 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $-
D3 v2 Promo 4 14.00 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $-
D4 v2 Promo 8 28.00 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $-
D5 v2 Promo 16 56.00 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

D1-5 v2

D1-5 v2 instances are based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor and can achieve 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. D1-5 v2 instances offer a powerful combination of CPU, memory, and local disk for most production applications.

Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. To use premium storage disks, use the variant Dsv2 virtual machines. The pricing and billing meters for Dsv2 sizes are the same as Dv2-series. See pricing for disks.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
D1 v2 1 3.50 GiB 50 GiB $- $- $- $-
D2 v2 2 7.00 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $-
D3 v2 4 14.00 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $-
D4 v2 8 28.00 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $-
D5 v2 16 56.00 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

F-series

The F-series virtual machines support 2 GiB RAM and 16 GB of local solid state drive (SSD) per CPU core, and are optimized for compute intensive workloads. The F-series is based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, which can achieve clock speeds as high as 3.2 GHz with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. These virtual machines are suitable for scenarios like batch processing, web servers, analytics, and gaming.

For persistent storage, use the variant Fs virtual machines and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Fs sizes are the same as F-series.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
F1 1 2.00 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $-
F2 2 4.00 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $-
F4 4 8.00 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $-
F8 8 16.00 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $-
F16 16 32.00 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

E2-64 v3 latest generation

E2-64 v3 instances are the latest generation of memory optimized instances. E2-64 v3 instances are based on the 2.3 GHz Intel XEON® E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) processor and can achieve 3.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. E2-64 v3 instances are ideal for memory-intensive enterprise applications.

Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. To use premium storage disks, use the variant Esv3 virtual machines. The pricing and billing meters for Esv3 sizes are the same as Ev3-series. See pricing for disks.

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Instance vCPU RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
E2 v3 2 16.00 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $-
E4 v3 4 32.00 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $-
E8 v3 8 64.00 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $-
E16 v3 16 128.00 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $-
E32 v3 32 256.00 GiB 512 GiB $- $- $- $-
E64 v3 64 432.00 GiB 864 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

D11-14 v2 limited-time special pricing

For a limited-time only, our D11-14 v2 instances will be offered at a special price based on our upcoming move to hyper-threaded processors. Read more about the move to hyper-threaded processors and this limited-time offer on our blog.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
D11 v2 Promo 2 14.00 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $-
D12 v2 Promo 4 28.00 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $-
D13 v2 Promo 8 56.00 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $-
D14 v2 Promo 16 112.00 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

D11-15 v2

D11-15 v2 instances are based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor and can achieve 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. D11-15 v2 are ideal for memory-intensive enterprise applications. D15 v2 instance is isolated to hardware dedicated to a single customer.

For persistent storage, use the variant Dsv2 virtual machines and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Dsv2 sizes are the same as Dv2-series.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
D11 v2 2 14.00 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $-
D12 v2 4 28.00 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $-
D13 v2 8 56.00 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $-
D14 v2 16 112.00 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $-
D15 v2 20 140.00 GiB 1,000 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

G-series

G-series virtual machines feature Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family and provide unparalleled computational performance to support large database workloads, specifically SAP HANA, SQL Server, Hadoop, DataZen, and Hortonworks. G5 instance is isolated to hardware dedicated to a single customer.

If you need an option to run SAP HANA production environments that require nodes larger than 0.5 TB, the SAP HANA on Azure (large instances) provide purpose-built SAP certified hardware to deploy larger production environments of SAP workloads (OLTP and OLAP). See more details about SAP HANA on Azure.

For persistent storage, use the variant GS virtual machines and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for GS sizes are the same as G-series.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
G1 2 28.00 GiB 384 GiB $- $- $- $-
G2 4 56.00 GiB 768 GiB $- $- $- $-
G3 8 112.00 GiB 1,536 GiB $- $- $- $-
G4 16 224.00 GiB 3,072 GiB $- $- $- $-
G5 32 448.00 GiB 6,144 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

M-series

M-series virtual machines feature Intel® Xeon® E7-8890 v3 2.5GHz (Haswell) processor. The M-series provides up to 128 cores and 2.0 TiB of memory, providing unparalleled computational performance to support large in-memory workloads.

All the M-series virtual machine sizes will have the ability to use both standard and premium persistent disks. The pricing and billing meters for Ms sizes are the same as M-series.

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Instance vCPU RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
M64MS 64 1,750.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
M64S 64 1,000.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
M128S 128 2,000.00 GiB 4,000 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

L-series

L-series instances are storage optimized virtual machines for low latency workloads such as NoSQL databases (e.g. Cassandra, MongoDB, Cloudera, and Redis). L-series offer up to 32 CPU cores, using the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family with 8-GiB random-access memory (RAM) per core, and from 768 GB to 6 TB of local solid state drive (SSD) disk. This instance provides Premium Storage support.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
L4 4 32.00 GiB 678 GiB $- $- $- $-
L8 8 64.00 GiB 1,388 GiB $- $- $- $-
L16 16 128.00 GiB 2,807 GiB $- $- $- $-
L32 32 256.00 GiB 5,630 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

NC-series

N-series virtual machines are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios like high-end remote visualization, deep learning, and predictive analytics. N-series virtual machines feature the NVIDIA Tesla accelerated platform and NVIDIA GRID 2.0 technology, providing the highest-end graphics support available in the cloud today. In addition, N-series offers a NC24r configuration that provides a low latency, high-throughput network interface optimized for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage GPU OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
NC6 6 56.00 GiB 340 GiB 1X K80 $- $- $- $-
NC12 12 112.00 GiB 680 GiB 2X K80 $- $- $- $-
NC24 24 224.00 GiB 1,440 GiB 4X K80 $- $- $- $-
NC24r 24 224.00 GiB 1,440 GiB 4X K80 $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

NCv2 series

NCv2 series virtual machines is a new addition to the GPU product family offering the next generation of our popular NC-series machines, powered by NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs. Customers can take advantage of these updated GPUs for traditional HPC workloads that will benefit from a performance boost, powering scenarios like reservoir modeling, DNA sequencing, protein analysis, Monte Carlo simulations, and others. These new GPUs can provide more than 2x the computational performance of the current NC-series. And like our NC series, we offer a configuration with InfiniBand networking for workloads that require fast interconnect, like Oil & Gas, Automotive, and Genomics to also accelerate scaleout capability as well as improved single instance performance. In addition, N-series offers a NC24r configuration that provides a low latency, high-throughput network interface optimized for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads.

This new GPU family is made initially available through preview. To sign up, please visit the sign-up page.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage GPU OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
NC6 v2 6 112.00 GiB 336 GiB 1X P100 $- $- $- $-
NC12 v2 12 224.00 GiB 672 GiB 2X P100 $- $- $- $-
NC24 v2 24 448.00 GiB 1,344 GiB 4X P100 $- $- $- $-
NC24r v2 24 448.00 GiB 1,344 GiB 4X P100 $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

NV-series

N-series virtual machines are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios like high-end remote visualization, deep learning, and predictive analytics. N-series virtual machines feature the NVIDIA Tesla accelerated platform and NVIDIA GRID 2.0 technology, providing the highest-end graphics support available in the cloud today.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage GPU OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
NV6 6 56.00 GiB 340 GiB 1X M60 $- $- $- $-
NV12 12 112.00 GiB 680 GiB 2X M60 $- $- $- $-
NV24 24 224.00 GiB 1,440 GiB 4X M60 $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

H-series

The H-series is a new family specifically designed to handle high performance computing workloads such as financial risk modeling, seismic and reservoir simulation, molecular modeling, and genomic research. They are based on the Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3 Haswell 3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz with turbo) with DDR 4 memory. Turbo is always on for H-series instances. Two of the H-series configurations (H16r, H16mr) also carry a second low latency, high-throughput network interface (RDMA) optimized and tuned for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads such as MPI applications.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage OS Software Total Prices with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit1 (% savings)
H8 8 56.00 GiB 1,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H16 16 112.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H8m 8 112.00 GiB 1,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H16m 16 224.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H16mr 16 224.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H16r 16 112.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

IP address options

Every Azure Cloud service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines is automatically assigned a free dynamic virtual IP (VIP) address. For an additional charge, you can also get:

  • Instance-level public IP addresses—A dynamic public IP address (PIP) that is assigned to a virtual machine for direct access.
  • Reserved IP addresses—A public IP address that can be reserved for your subscription, which can be used as a VIP address for any cloud service in the region.
  • Load-balanced IP addresses—Additional load-balanced VIP addresses that can be assigned to an Azure Cloud Service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines.

See IP address pricing

Support & SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support.
  • Flexible support plans starting at $29/month (Note—Microsoft support does not include support for Linux images in the Azure Marketplace, though in some cases Linux publishers offer support per the plans above). Find a plan.
  • Guaranteed 99.95% connectivity for multiple instances. Read the SLA.

FAQ

General

  • No. All new virtual machines have an operating system disk and a local disk (or “resource disk”). We don’t charge for local disk storage. The operating system disk is charged at the regular rate for disks. See all virtual machines configurations.

  • Maybe. If the status says “Stopped (Deallocated),” you’re not being billed. If it says, “Stopped Allocated,” you’re still being billed for allocated virtual cores (not the software license itself). Full details on virtual machine states are available here.

    State Billed Details
    Starting Yes The initial starting state of virtual machines as they are going through the boot cycle. This period is billed as the virtual machines are running.
    Running (Started) Yes The running state of the virtual machine.
    Stopped Yes You are billed for allocated cores, but not software license.
    Note—To put a virtual machine in “Stopped” status, use the power option within the virtual machine, not from the Microsoft Azure classic portal.
    Deleted (Deallocated) No Cores are no longer allocated to the virtual machine, and are no longer billed.
    Note—The only way to stop all virtual machines in a cloud service is to delete both the staging and production deployments.
  • Virtual machines include local disk storage. You can see the cost to attach Premium (SSD based) and Standard (HDD based) disks to your virtual machines on the Managed Disks’ pricing page.

  • Previously, all usage for A0, A2, A3, and A4 Standard and Basic virtual machines was emitted as fractions (for A0) or multiples (for A2, A3, and A4) of A1 virtual machines meter minutes. We heard this caused some confusion for our customers, so we’ve implemented a change to assign per-minute usage to dedicated A0, A2, A3, and A4 meters. As a result of this transition, the resource GUIDs for A0, A2, A3, and A4 virtual machines will change. If any of your billing routines rely on the resource GUIDs, they’ll need to be modified to take these new billing meters into consideration. See a list of new resource GUIDs itemized by region.

    Deployment size Usage emitted as multiple of A1 through January 10, 2016 Usage emitted on dedicated meter as of January 11, 2016
    A0 .25 of A1 hour 1 of A0 hour
    A2 2 of A1 hour 1 of A2 hour
    A3 4 of A1 hour 1 of A3 hour
    A4 8 of A1 hour 1 of A4 hour

  • We charge for the number of minutes your virtual machine is running, rounded up to the nearest minute, not hour.

  • It’s a new preview feature for Azure Virtual Machines with private IP addresses. The internally load-balanced endpoint is only accessible within a virtual network (for virtual machines within a virtual network) or cloud service (for virtual machines outside a virtual network). Internal load balancing is useful for multi-tier applications where some of the application tiers aren’t public facing yet require load balancing functionality.

  • You can check the status of your virtual machines in the Virtual Machines tab, and also in the virtual machine Dashboard. If virtual machine status says "Stopped," you’re still being billed. Only "Stopped (Deallocated)" indicates you’re not being billed.

    To ensure you’re not being billed, always stop virtual machines from the management portal. You can also stop the virtual machine through Powershell by calling ShutdownRoleOperation with "PostShutdownAction" equal to "StoppedDeallocated".

  • Each instance is charged for its data egress across regions.

  • No. Tax will be added separately.

  • Yes, through license mobility, if you have Software Assurance you can "bring-your-own-license" for all Virtual Machines supported server products.

Windows Server

  • No. Microsoft provides the Windows Server license keys for any running instances.

  • No. You’ll need to supply a license for the image.

SQL Server

  • If you have existing applications or workloads you simply want to grab and move to the cloud, or extend parts of on-premises application to the cloud, SQL Server in a virtual machine is the easiest option. If you’re looking to build new relational applications, SQL Database is probably the best long-term solution. Either way, Azure makes it easy to move applications back and forth between an on-site datacenter and the cloud as business needs change.

  • Data warehousing is typically a complex workload to setup, configure, and tune. The specially optimized data warehouse image for Azure Virtual Machines improves performance for these workloads by as much as 20 percent over the regular SQL Server Enterprise virtual machine image. See how it works.

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