Posted on: December 29, 2017

If you like SQL Server and Azure Data Services, you’re in luck. Microsoft recently participated in PASS Summit 2017 where it proudly showcased the latest advancements in SQL Server 2017 and its Azure Data Services. In doing so, the tech giant also demonstrated just how beautifully these two products are able to come together in order to perform the end-all platform for hybrid data.

When SQL Server 2017 was launched, it was immediately recognized as the premiering database with built-in AI. This allowed businesses to run their production workloads via Linux, Windows, or Docker. Basically, the product offered a mission-critical database with all that you need built right in – all on the platform that you choose. On top of this, SQL Server 2017 has the ability to unlock seamless DevOps via Docker Enterprise Edition containers in order to streamline and improve business innovation. Improved analytics, adaptive query processing, automatic plan correction, scalable persistence memory, and many other features make SQL Server and its latest updates pretty remarkable.

Enterprises that are ready to make SQL Server even more amazing and modernize their business by moving into the cloud will find that it’s easy to do so. In fact, Azure SQL Database Managed Instance and Azure Database Migration Service are both capable of lifting and shifting a company’s on-premises SQL server workloads with little to no changes. While both are currently in private preview, this upcoming Azure hybrid benefit for SQL Server will motivate and encourage enterprises to make use of their on-premises SQL server licenses to allow for the simplest lift and shift of their workloads into the fully-managed cloud.

The Azure SQL Database has been designed to handle the most mission-critical workloads in order to streamline and improve your day-to-day tasks.  In fact,  Microsoft was able to demonstrate just how incredible the performance value of SQL Database really is by showing off its ability to insert 1.4 million rows per second. As if that wasn’t incredible enough, Microsoft is also simplifying the process of gaining insight from data at this tremendous scale.

This amazing progress is due to tons of hard work from Microsoft. As early as 2016, the tech mogul began to deliver machine learning-based customer value into Azure SQL Database managed services. From here, intelligent capabilities like automatic tuning, performance monitoring/tuning, adaptive query processing, and threat detection have been introduced as a means of reducing the overall amount of time required to manage databases while still ensuring adequate defense against outside threats. Vulnerability assessment is now in its preview stage and will improve these features even more by allowing users to understand their security compliance.

Overall, Azure SQL Database has the unique ability to strengthen database with a plethora of built-in features. Enterprises will be able to move over to Azure SQL hybrid database with ease, and will find that doing so creates positive changes throughout the organization as a whole. Microsoft is fully dedicated to continuing to scale and improve the Azure SQL Database in ways that allow users to better visualize data and take informed action. Business Intelligence capabilities are a staple to the platform in order to allow for improved analytics and business insights across a number of devices and applications. SQL Server 2017 and Azure are already a perfect match made in heaven, but things are only going to continue to improve for businesses that embrace the marriage of the two.

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