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Azure SQL database is a relational, managed cloud database provided as part of Microsoft Azure. It is fully managed by Microsoft so all you need to do is provide the data. Everything else – the infrastructure, security, services and maintenance – are managed by Microsoft. Also included with Azure SQL are frequent and timely updates. 

Thinking about migrating your objects and data from Access to Azure SQL? Below are the top five benefits to expect by making this transition.

1. No Physical Hardware 

Since Microsoft hosts Azure SQL, you don’t have to worry about infrastructure costs or maintaining the server. All of this is managed on your behalf so that all you need to do is provide the data. And, as your database grows, you can upgrade your plans or add new applications without the need for additional hardware. 

2. Scalable and Cost Effective 

Speaking of growing your database, Azure SQL is a scalable database that can fit the needs of small and large businesses. Thanks to a flexible pricing structure, businesses can save up to 80 percent by migrating to Azure SQL. And if you start today, Microsoft is offering 12 months of free services

3. High Speed and Minimal Downtime 

When your technology can’t keep up with your business needs, you’re going to suffer downtime. But this doesn’t have to be the case when you have a database like Azure SQL. With high-availability architecture, you get high-speed connectivity and data retrieval, along with less downtime.

4. Improved Usability 

If you don’t have a strong background in coding, that’s okay! Azure SQL database is easy to learn and use. Using standard SQL, you can manage your database system without having to write or update a lot of code. And, if you do end up needing a bit of help, working on Azure SQL is the same as SQL Server and will be familiar to any SQL developer. 

5. Reliable and Available 

Azure SQL database is managed by Microsoft and your data is spread across data centers. In fact, Microsoft’s Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for Azure services guarantee 99 percent availability. You can learn more about Microsoft’s SLAs here. Also, if you end up running into trouble, rest assured that Microsoft has 24/7 customer service. 

These are just some of the benefits to expect by migrating to Azure SQL database. When you schedule a consultation with Arkware, we’ll be happy to go into more detail regarding the advantages to Azure SQL such as data loss prevention, multiple layers of security and data syncing. Contact us today to find out if Azure SQL is right for you.