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Managed Azure SQL Database

Support elastic scale & more predictable performance

Backed by the power and presence of Azure, high-throughput applications can elastically scale their data tier across thousands of databases. The new SQL Database service tiers enable applications to easily scale-up or down predictable performance on each database. The new Elastic Scale preview for Azure SQL Database simplifies the development and management of applications that scale out across a large number of databases.


Streamline business continuity for your critical applications

Gain peace of mind over data availability with built-in replicas and a competitive 99.99%* Microsoft-backed SLA at the database level. Enjoy more application continuity and protection against catastrophic events with built-in continuity options across the service tiers. SQL Database Premium offers active geo-replication, which allows you to create up to 4 readable secondaries in any Azure region, and control when and where to failover. Gain more control over "oops recovery" with self-service restore which offers customer control over data restoration from available data backups. In Premium, SQL Database keeps up to 35 days of backups available to you for recovery.


Drive productivity through support for familiar tools and platforms

Drive DevOps tasks such as scale out or business continuity via programmatic APIs for streamlined management as you scale to hundreds or thousands of databases. SQL Database offers a choice of management tools; REST APIs, PowerShell, the Azure Management Portal with HTML5 support, or SQL Server Management Studio and supports a choice of popular platforms and technologies, including .NET, Java, PHP, Ruby on Rails, and Node.js. Enjoy seamless development on or offline and across on-premises and cloud-designed apps with Visual Studio integration. Extend existing applications to the cloud with support for the DAC framework which helps enables movement from on-premises to cloud and vice versa.


Enable security and compliance-related tasks

Streamline compliance-related tasks and gain knowledge about activities taking place within your database with auditing which tracks and logs events that occur on your database. Dashboard views and Excel Power View reports provide insights into database events and potentially indicate business concerns or security violations. Learn more about auditing today. Additionally, SQL Database is verified by key cloud auditors as part of the scope of key Azure compliance certifications and approvals such as HIPAA BAA, ISO/IEC 27001:2005, FedRAMP, and E.U. Model Clauses.


Blend service tiers for innovative designs

SQL Database is offered in different service tiers to support light-weight to heavy-weight database workloads, so you can move across or blend the tiers together for innovative application designs. With the power and reach of Azure, you can mix-and-match Azure services with SQL Database to meet your unique modern app design needs, drive cost and resource efficiencies, and unlock new business opportunities. Visit the SQL Database pricing page for more details.


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