You can run SQL Server within a managed service virtual machine (VM) in Azure thanks to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) business category’s SQL Server on Azure VM.
- On Windows Server or Linux virtual machines running on Azure, often known as an infrastructure as a service, SQL Server is installed and hosted in the cloud (IaaS). Without requiring any database changes, after SQL Server datasets and programs can be moved using SQL virtual machines. It is possible to install SQL Server in an IaaS virtual environment in all current versions and editions.
- Best for apps and migrations that need access to the OS. For current applications that need quick transfer to the cloud with little to no change, SQL virtual machines in Azure offer lift-and-shift ready. For migration to Azure, SQL virtual machines provide total general supervision over the SQL Server instance and supporting OS.
- The ability to fully control the database engine with SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines is the biggest distinction between SQL Database and SQL Managed Instance. The SQL Server database engine can be completely customised, and you can choose when to start performing maintenance and patching, alter the recovery architecture to simple or bulk-logged, suspend or restart the service as necessary. The additional duty to administer the virtual machine comes along with this increased control.
- When you don’t want to purchase on-premises non-production SQL Server hardware, you can use quick development and test scenarios. On standardised hardware that Microsoft owns, hosts, and maintains, SQL virtual machines can function. While using SQL virtual machines, customers may either easily are using an existing licence or pay-as-you-go for just a SQL Server licence that is included within a SQL Server image. The VM can also be stopped and started as necessary.
- Optimised for expanding current on-premises apps to a cloud in hybrid deployments or for moving existing applications to Azure. Additionally, you can create and test conventional SQL Server applications using SQL Server on a virtual computer. You have complete administrative control over a standalone SQL Server instance as well as a cloud-based VM when using SQL virtual machines. When a firm already has IT available resources to manage the virtual machines, it is the ideal option. With the help of these features, you may create a highly specialised system that will meet the precise performance and availability needs of your application.