Top advantages of migrating SQL Server to Azure

Top advantages of migrating SQL Server to Azure

This blog is the second part of a two-part series. To read the first blog of the series, click here.

In the first blog of this two-part series, we discussed several advantages of migrating SQL Server to Azure, including the cost savings and performance advantages of Azure over competing cloud platforms. In this blog, we’re going to follow up on the advantages of migrating SQL to Azure, focusing on practical benefits like…

  • Obtaining a more robust security posture
  • Enabling IT governance
  • Driving innovation
  • And how Azure can help maximize the potential of your hybrid cloud

1. Secure & compliant

Microsoft has invested heavily in providing customers with the ability to build a simpler but more robust security posture in the cloud. Currently, Microsoft employs 3,500+ cybersecurity professionals while typically investing US $1 billion each year to improve security to protect against the latest threats.

To help customers improve their overall security posture, Microsoft also provides access to security solutions like Azure Security Center, a unified infrastructure security management system that provides advanced protection across on-premises and cloud, Microsoft Intelligence Security Graph, a solution that can alert Azure Security Center to current threats based on over 6.5 trillion signals per day from Microsoft services, and Azure Sentinel, a cloud-native Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution.

These solutions can encompass modern SQL environments hosted on Azure VMs, Azure SQL Database, or Azure SQL Managed Instance. This helps ensure organizational data is protected with the most up to date security solutions while simplifying security management.

2. Governance

Azure governance solutions can extend to Azure SQL DB as well, helping simplify data governance through consistent, organization-wide policies, permissions, and requirements.

The above can be achieved by leveraging solutions like Azure Policy, which allows organizations to define and apply security policies across all their Azure subscriptions and management groups.

Consistent policies and requirement enforcement can be supported with Azure Blueprints, which enables creation of subscriptions preconfigured to meet organizations requirements. Additionally, permissions can be managed by user group across several (or all) subscriptions in Azure Management Groups.

3. Designed for innovation

Maintaining one’s pace of innovation is vital for success in today’s fast-paced world. The flexible, scalable, and always on nature of the cloud can help organizations accelerate their pace of innovation.

Instead of spending time implementing new on-premises hardware to support growing data requirements and building workflows to facilitate data access to legacy on-premises environments, organizations can rapidly scale storage for SQL data and enable simple, secure, and direct access to their SQL data hosted in Azure SQL solutions. This allows developers to focus on driving innovation rather than environment maintenance and updates.

Additionally, since the cloud enables CI/CD, Azure SQL solutions are constantly updated, eliminating potential compatibility issues with legacy or out of date SQL Server versions.

4. Hybrid cloud

Native support for hybrid cloud environments has a priority for Microsoft Azure since its inception. Some key services include:

  • Azure Stack solutions, which allow organizations to run cloud-native Azure apps on-premises
  • Windows Admin Center, which allows organizations to manage Windows Server instances wherever they’re located (even in other clouds)
  • Azure ExpressRoute, which provides high-speed, private connections between on-premises resources

With this range of services and support from Microsoft, organizations can rest assured that Azure can help them more efficiently manage and leverage not only their SQL databases, but their entire IT environment.

Learn more

Want to learn more details about the topics discussed above and more reasons why Azure is the best destination for SQL Server? Read the whitepaper.

Contact us if you want to learn more about Neal, SQL Server migrations or discover whether your organization qualifies for Microsoft’s migration incentives.