What is Azure SQL?
Azure SQL is a cloud-based relational database service offered by Microsoft as part of its Azure cloud computing platform. It is a fully managed, highly scalable, and highly available database service that allows organizations to create, manage, and scale relational databases in the cloud with ease.
Azure SQL supports the same SQL Server database engine that runs on-premises, with many of the same features and capabilities. It also offers additional features that are specific to the cloud, such as built-in high availability, automatic patching and upgrades, and easy integration with other Azure services.
There are two main deployment options for Azure SQL: Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance. Azure SQL Database is a fully managed database service that provides a scalable, high-performance, and globally distributed database engine with built-in intelligence. Azure SQL Managed Instance provides a fully managed database instance of SQL Server in Azure, with near 100% compatibility with the latest SQL Server on-premises.
Azure SQL is designed to support a wide range of applications and workloads, from small applications to large-scale enterprise systems. It offers support for a variety of programming languages, including .NET, Java, Python, and Node.js, and integrates with other Azure services such as Azure Functions, Azure Stream Analytics, and Azure Data Factory.
Overall, Azure SQL is a powerful and flexible cloud-based database service that can help organizations of all sizes and industries to meet their database needs with ease and confidence.