Azure SQL Database vs Microsoft SQL Server: What are the differences?
Developers describe Azure SQL Database as "Managed, intelligent SQL in the cloud". It is the intelligent, scalable, cloud database service that provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility and up to a 212% return on investment. It is a database service that can quickly and efficiently scale to meet demand, is automatically highly available, and supports a variety of third party software. On the other hand, Microsoft SQL Server is detailed as "A relational database management system developed by Microsoft". Microsoft® SQL Server is a database management and analysis system for e-commerce, line-of-business, and data warehousing solutions.
Azure SQL Database and Microsoft SQL Server can be categorized as "Databases" tools.
Stack Exchange, Microsoft, and MIT are some of the popular companies that use Microsoft SQL Server, whereas Azure SQL Database is used by Property With Potential, Kriasoft, and vLearning Solutions. Microsoft SQL Server has a broader approval, being mentioned in 697 company stacks & 2723 developers stacks; compared to Azure SQL Database, which is listed in 21 company stacks and 20 developer stacks.
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We've always counted on SQL Server as our database backend. It has served us well over the years. It isn't the cheapest part of our stack, but with the plethora of tools provided by 3rd parties, we have found an incredible and scalable method of keeping our data available and easy to maintain.
Defacto, industry standard for backend relational databases. Entity Framework makes designing, migrating & maintaining SQL Server databases a breeze. LocalDB is especially helpful during development.
Our core systems that we integrate with are using SQL Server 2012 / 2016 database servers. We use database views on core system databases to help build our domain model.
Main transactional database. SQL Server 2012 Enterprise with AlwaysOn Availability Groups for high availability and disaster recovery.