Leveraging SQL Azure in your Environment

Whether you need to reduce maintenance costs on legacy applications, reach more customers by leveraging existing apps, enhance business continuity in the event of a disaster, handle peak load scenarios faster, or consolidate and simplify management of your apps, SmartDog can help you get the most out of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure solutions.

Today, many enterprises are striving to transform their IT organization into a strategic asset and looking for ways to get more value from their application and data platform investments. To deliver on this vision. Microsoft SQL Server 2016 provides for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid deployment options.

SmartDog Services SQL Cloud Support:
 Extend on-premises SQL Server databases to Azure utilizing Data Sync. (SQL Server 2008 R2 and Later)
 Synchronize data automatically between on-premises SQL server databases and Azure SQL databases in the cloud.
 Utilize the Elastic Database feature within Azure SQL database, allowing your app to dynamically span across additional Azure nodes to handle peak demand scenarios (Would require application modifications; C# is used in this feature).
 Leverage the High Availability features of Azure SQL Database services.

Here are concepts for managing data in the cloud that should be kept in mind:
 When considering which databases to move to the cloud, consider data transfer processes and latency, and how to keep these databases in sync, especially if applications need to integrate with others that are not in the same cloud deployment.
 Poor on premise database performance will be poor in the cloud too. Moving the problem does not solve it. Scaling in the cloud to compensate for bad performance is the wrong approach and gets expensive quickly; query tuning is often the method necessary to improve performance.
 Understand the service provider’s services and capabilities, know its SLAs, understand its recommended architecture, and be aware of scheduled maintenance.
 Think through, plan, and manage backup and recovery to ensure important data is not lost in the event of a failure or outage.
 Stay on top of security, realizing that encryption is only the tip of the iceberg. Consider who will monitor database access for malicious or unauthorized access and plan for the worst. Have a documented course of action in case of a security breach or data loss.
 It is important to monitor and optimize on-premise deployments, and equally so in the cloud, given its dynamic nature. A consistent set of tools to do so across both sides of hybrid IT environments is ideal.

Whatever your company’s needs may be, we’ve got you covered. Our team of domestic primary DBAs have a proven depth and range of experience, unsurpassed in the industry. With our highly tailored set of solutions, we’ll make sure you’re only paying for what you need. For more information, visit our website at www.smartdogservices.com

Additional Resources:
SQL data sync: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-get-started-sql-data-sync
Elastic pools within Azure:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-elastic-scale-introduction
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-elastic-pool

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