Thinking About Azure SQL Database

Kevin Hill with an introductory-level discussion of Azure SQL Database:

Some basic terminology:

  • Cloud: No such thing.  It is just your stuff on someone else’s machines that they maintain for you.

  • Virtual Machine (VM): A Virtual Server on some physical servers…yours, or someone else’s.

  • Azure: Fancy name for Microsoft’s cloud. As a noun or an adverb it means “blue”.  Or a small butterfly.

  • Azure SQL database: Just a database in Azure on some storage

  • Azure Virtual Machine: A VM on Microsoft’s Azure servers, that you do not have to maintain the underlying physical infrastructure.

This is a nice, very high-level introduction to why Azure SQL Database exists.

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